Wine writing in the era of fake news
An American in Pollenzo

Wine writing in the era of fake news

The other night, in an effort to avoid watching the depressing news coming out of Washington, D.C., my wife and I stumbled upon the 1997 action-thriller movie, “Air Force One” with Harrison Ford and Glenn Close. At a certain point in the story, news of the president’s planing being highjacked is “broken” by CNN. A … …read more

Sex, drugs, and foie gras: Pain, longing, and desire in food blogging
An American in Pollenzo

Sex, drugs, and foie gras: Pain, longing, and desire in food blogging

Above: “[The Murder of] Paolo and Francesca,” painting by 19th-century Italian artist Carlo Arienti (image via Wikipedia Creative Commons). Unless you entirely missed out on the Western canon, you have surely read about Paolo and Francesca, the star-crossed lovers who Dante and Virgil encounter in the fifth canto of the Inferno. It’s one of the … …read more

Osteria del Boccondivino in Bra: Where a grand (intellectual) tradition continues
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Osteria del Boccondivino in Bra: Where a grand (intellectual) tradition continues

osteria, Italian for tavern or inn, more commonly used today for restaurant, often in the country and generally a venue where traditional and locally specific dishes are served. The word comes from the Latin hostes in the sense of guest, stranger, or foreigner. One of the most memorable experiences from my first stint teaching at … …read more

What is wine writing? What are the functions of wine writing?
An American in Pollenzo

What is wine writing? What are the functions of wine writing?

Over the past couple of weeks here on the American in Pollenzo blog, we’ve started to take a look at the morality and ethics of wine writing. Before we continue, I wanted to take a step back and start to formulate a list of “functions of wine writing.” It’s inspired in part by (although not … …read more

Trump’s immigration ban and how it will affect Italian wine in the U.S.
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Trump’s immigration ban and how it will affect Italian wine in the U.S.

Above: A section of the wall that separates the United States and Mexico along the Tijuana-San Diego border where I grew up (photo, “Art on the Tijuana Wall,” via Jonathan McIntosh’s Flickr Creative Commons). Like many Americans today, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around President Trump’s new ban on immigration from seven “majority-Muslim” … …read more

Food alien nation: A national cuisine shaped by international migration
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Food alien nation: A national cuisine shaped by international migration

Above: Mulberry St. in New York City circa 1900, the epicenter of the early wave of Italian immigration to the U.S. (image via Wikipedia Creative Commons). Last week, I posted about my trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco and three spectacular “Italian” meals in three different “Italian” restaurants between the two culinary capitals on … …read more

Canary Wines: Volcanoes, Terroir and History
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Canary Wines: Volcanoes, Terroir and History

Last year I made a trip to the Canary Islands that led me to unexpected discoveries in the world of wine. Now I want to share with you guys the background of my travel story, which was published in my blog Food Travel Culture and that is now finalist for the Millesima Blog Awards…

Who are the “good guys” when it comes to wine writing? Who are the bad guys?
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Who are the “good guys” when it comes to wine writing? Who are the bad guys?

Above: Clint Eastwood in the starring role of Sergio Leone’s masterpiece “The Wine Blogger with No Name.” Last week, I shared a note about a recent blog post by acclaimed British wine writer Jaime Goode, “Jamie Goode’s crucible: It’s tough to make wine writing pay.” In his post, Goode wrote about the “ill-health of wine … …read more