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The night I met a legend: Dinner with Maurizio Zanella.

I have grown up in the Italian wine business hearing tales of the Ca’ del Bosco wines.  My mentor, David Scott (now with Wirtz Beverage, Nevada), used to entertain me with stories of blind tastings that would pair the Ca’ del Bosco single vineyard Anna Maria Clementi successfully up against the finest champagne.

Many a wine industry pro has regaled me with tales of Maurizio Zanella’s helicopter, procured to take them from Verona during Vinitaly to the winery (which has its own logo-emblazoned heli-pad) for dinner one night.  And then of course, there are the wines.  Everyone has a favorite- whether it’s the elegant metodo classico sparklers, or one of the winery’s famed and much-heralded still wines.  This winery is mythic- not just for me, but for many. Continue reading

Franciacorta Pride

As a representative for an Italian wine importer, I am admittedly biased towards the brands I work with.  This has everything to do with how well I know the story of the people behind my brands- the winemakers,  grape growers and estate owners.  I am especially proud to represent Ca’ del Bosco in Franciacorta, a benchmark winery whose founder, Maurizio Zanella, pioneered Franciacorta’s potential for great wines.

My heart swells when I see these bottles proudly displayed in a restaurant like Mozza in Newport Beach, where a team of my fellow Americans- servers, sommeliers and bartenders- are teaching people about this beautiful and important part of Italy’s cultural landscape.  I am so fortunate to be part of the team that such incredible Italian wine available to the US market.

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