Articles

I’ve been writing on food and wine for magazines and newspapers for over 20 years, including Departures, Bon Appétit, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Decanter, Guild of Food Writers Stirring Words, WineNews.it, and many others. Here’s a selection of those articles. Search the index to find specific subjects.

It’s tomato canning time in Campania, southern Italy. This region more than any other relies on home-preserved plum tomatoes to stock the larder for the year. These are the tomatoes that will go into the daily plate of pasta al pomodoro, or onto pizzas and dozens of other regional favorites…

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“What is cooking?” This was the central question being asked — and answered — at the latest edition of one of the world’s most stimulating food events, the MAD Food Symposium. Now in its fourth edition, the two-day event is held in a circus tent pitched on the outer reaches of Copenhagen’s harbor and attracts the brightest stars of modern cuisine, young and old …

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“White Vermentino is the quintessential Mediterranean grape: It loves the sun, the sea and and the wind, and it marries perfectly with fish and seafood pastas,” says Giampaolo Gravina, one of Italy’s senior wine experts….

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Chef’s Table: As the Latin-American food movement continues to gather pace, and cities such as Lima, Peru, and Sao Paolo, Brazil, are joining the world’s hottest foodie destinations, it’s time to ask what contributions Latin America is making to modern cuisine …

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The result took everyone by surprise. When the countdown of the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards reached the top two names, the audience of 650 chefs, journalists and food professionals assembled in London’s Guildhall held their breaths. Would Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca hold onto the first-place position it had snatched from Copenhagen’s Noma last year, or could the unthinkable happen …

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This spring, as they do every year, the most prestigious Bordeaux Grand Cru châteaux gave wine buyers and critics the chance to sample the new season’s wines en primeur, ahead of being finished. The wines — from famous areas such as Médoc, Saint-Émilion, Graves and Sauternes — are not yet bottled; many require at least one year of aging before they’ll be released…

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Lake Garda has long been a tourist draw, and now the wines made near its southern shoreline are also receiving the attention they deserve. Carla Capalbo pays a visit to the Lugana region and recommends her top wines…

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There’s renewed energy in Emilia Romagna, says Carla Capalbo, who finds producers making serious wines from their native grapes – a far cry from the drab, industrial Lambrusco of old…

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Chianti Classico DOCG is one of Tuscany’s most prestigious wine appellations: Any wine bearing that name must be produced within a specified area and adhere to strict regulations about its making. So when the Consortium of Chianti Classico producers announced a change to its categories, wine critics and appassionati took notice…

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From coffee to wine

7 March 2014

Riccardo Illy tells Carla Capalbo why Brunello di Montalcino is the perfect addition to the other gourmet holdings in his family’s global coffee empire…

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