I came to my love of Italian wines by way of Champagne. While taking a long, rambling holiday in France, I stopped to work as a grape picker in Avize. The experience of working in the vineyards on the stunning 1982 vintage changed the direction of my career.
I returned to New York and went to work in the wine trade. I subsequently moved to London where I studied blind tasting, enology and viticulture. In 1991, I moved to the beautiful Italian city of Verona and began to write about Italian wine, food and culture. I have travelled the length of the country and on the way made friends with wine producers, restaurateurs, bakers, pizza makers, barmen, hoteliers, truffle hunters and mystery writers, among others. Let me bring you up to date on interesting wines, food products, vacation spots, personalities and events.