Winemaker Spotlight: Matteo Bisol of Venissa Winery

“We trust the history more than the expert,” Matteo Bisol of Venissa Winery shares on his family’s ability to recreate an intimate vineyard in the middle of Italy’s Venetian Lagoon. In 2002, Matteo’s grandfather, Gianluca Bisol, discovered the Dorona di Venezia grape on Mazzorbo—about a 30-minute boat ride from the main island of Venice. Out of 1,200 types of vines throughout Italy, the white-skinned variety of Dorona is the only one to adapt to survive in the Venice Lagoon, but also one which w

Rosé is Not Just For The Ladies

Stateside, we like to think of rosé as the summer wine that fuels our #roséallday fantasies. Yet, the pale pink wine of our summer days, has long been the drink of choice for southern France and Mediterranean beach-goers. And, for the most awarded cellar master in the world, Chef de Cave Régis Camus, rosé has long held a unique place on his production radar. “I created the first Rare Champagne rosé ever in 2007. The following year I took the liberty of creating a sequel. I didn’t decide it, nat

How to take a group tour without being labeled a 'tourist'

As a frequent traveler, there’s nothing I dislike more than being referred to as a tourist. Yet as a frequent solo traveler, I tend to seek out opportunities to co-mingle with like-minded travelers, which typically means joining a group tour – and that is when the 'tourist' label is inevitably slapped on my face. It’s a catch-22 in the travel industry, so I was pleased to discover a company on my latest trip to Italy, Walks Tours, which manages to offer small group itineraries, based on adaptin
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