Albion River Inn – Northern California

By Shelley Pittman; European Wines and California Cuisine It’s the perfect marriage for this seaside village Northern California is famous for its breathtaking scenery, undeveloped coastal drives, country bistros and eccentric art epicenters. San Francisco and Napa Valley are the bustling gateway to this part…

Antinori blends Old and New World Wines

By Shelley Pittman: The story of Italy’s Antinori family history is one filled with tenacity, trials, patience, bumps, triumphs, and has withstood the test of time. In fact, more than two centuries or 26 generations ago in the year 1385. In perspective, they started their…

Europe sets the stage for American Apparel

By Shelley Pittman: From an exclusive tailor shop in Rome in 1945, two men, Gaetano Savini, a well-connected Roman socialite, and Nazareno Fonticoli, a master tailor trained in Savile Row, combined forces to develop what is notably one of Italy’s most famous designer suit brands.…

A quest for perfection in California’s Wine Country

By Shelley Pittman: When he inherited the Champagne House in 1833, the cognoscente Louis Roederer implemented his visionary approach to cultivating his vines, aiming to master each stage of the wines creation. While other Houses purchased their grapes from outside sources, Louis Roederer put his…