That trip was the first of many, and $1000’s spent. In my 20’s and 30’s I went back often to visit my relatives in Southern Italy. It’s common for a first-generation Italian-American to do so.
I learned to read, write, and speak Italian. I immersed myself into the Italian culture, traditions, food, and wine.
I discovered that the Italian wine being shipped to the United States was very different from the wine I was drinking on my trips.
As you know, I discovered “craft wine.”
So I started an importing company called Gladiator Wine Distribution to bring these small craft wines to people who wanted to elevate their wine experience.
I also wrote a book called “Hidden Gems of Italy” which is part crash course in Italian wine and part shopping guide. It won Best European Wine Book In The U.S. at the Gourmand International.
My family background, fluency in Italian, 20 years of travel, importer, and being an award-winning author pulls together the perfect skillsets to find you the best wines Italy has to offer.