Monthly Archives: October 2022

  1. Ciro Biondi: Celebrating Etna's Unique Terroir

    Ciro Biondi: Celebrating Etna's Unique Terroir

    Grape Collective talks with Ciro about the unique volcanic terroir and indigenous grapes of Etna and what the future may hold for the region.

  2. The Ultimate Wine-Food Pairing Guide (or Not)

    The Ultimate Wine-Food Pairing Guide (or Not)

    We sample many wines for this column. We prefer to try them first before dinner, discuss them and then retaste with food to see how they change. We might have whites or reds, and sometimes we have both. 

  3. Giusi Murabito on Etna's Agricultural Diversity

    Giusi Murabito on Etna's Agricultural Diversity

    In 2016 Guisi Murabito founded Walking Eolie & Sicily, which enables people from around the world to experience the culture of the region through guided walking tours focusing on food and wine. It is in this way she is able to share with others the "peaceful environment, divine light, immense soul, [and] authentic smells and tastes" she so loves about her homeland. 

  4. From Morehouse to Master Sommelier: Chris Gaither’s Journey in a Changing Wine World

    From Morehouse to Master Sommelier: Chris Gaither’s Journey in a Changing Wine World

    Chris Gaither, 38, is only the fourth Black person in the world to earn the Master Sommelier diploma and his wife of seven years, Rebecca Fineman, 43, in 2017 became the 25th woman to attain the title of Master Sommelier in the Americas chapter. The couple, who have two young daughters, say they are the only married Master Sommeliers in the world to own a restaurant, Ungrafted, which they opened in San Francisco in 2018.

  5. Wines of Crete: Falling Back to Spring Forward

    Wines of Crete: Falling Back to Spring Forward

    The wine world is an ever-evolving phenomenon with climate change, consumer awareness and economic strains. In order to be a successful winemaker in today's world, you need to be able to adapt at the drop of a dime. The winemakers of Crete have embraced this philosophy and their culture, tapping into their vast potential to create more quality wines from grape varieties never heard of before, native to their lands.

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