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Taste of Italy presented wines from Cantina Terlano and Endrizzi with Aerlingus and the Airport of Verona to promote the products of the territory of the airport around Lake of Garda







































Luciano Sandrone Newsletter

March 14, 2013 by Christine No Comments »

The beginning of March brings with it the first hints of spring; a warm day here and there, the ground emerging from under a layer of snow on the south-facing hillsides, early-budding trees showing the first shimmer of green. But there are still drifts of snow melting on the hillsides and in the town piazzas, puddles on the ground regularly freeze overnight. Snow flurries, fog and drizzly, cold rain come with depressing monotony.

San Pietro Cru Winter
The San Pietro cru (foreground) with Mon Viso rising
above it in the distance, February 2013
Cortile Winter 2013
The cortile of the Cantina after a dusting of snow, January 2013


It is mud season.

The vineyards themselves are unworkable today – the recent wet weather means that we simply slip and slide around when working in the vines. The clay soils of the region stick to everything – cleaning the tractors takes just as long as the time we use them in the vineyard. So it’s a good time to work on projects here at the cantina, and this is also the time of year when much of the bottling gets done.


We are looking forward to better weather and the warm, limpid days of spring, when we can get out and do a full day’s work in the vines without coming back covered in layers of mud. By early April, we expect the vines to be budding; from this point the season is “on!” We are excited to get started!



As always, we thank you for your continued interest in our wines, and we hope to continue to fulfill your expectations of quality and excellence in the bottle.


With warmest regards,


Luciano Sandrone

Barbara Sandrone

Luca Sandrone



Winter SAN w Cannubi
The Cantina after a mid-February snowstorm. Note how the Cannubi Boschis hill, just behind the winery, is already clear of snow; this is due to its excellent southeast exposition.

Catex Update

February 19, 2013 by Christine No Comments »

Pasquale at the Taste of Italy – Moak stand at Catex – D28

Well – it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Catex opened it’s doors to public and trade today.

Pasquale was ready to welcome everybody to stand D28 along with Valter and Alessandro.

Were you there? We’d love to hear your comments.

Did you not manage to get to D28 today? Well you have another 2 days to make it in.

As they say in Italy “Buon lavoro a tutti”


Catex – A Taste of Italy hosts Moak

February 13, 2013 by Christine No Comments »

This year A Taste of Italy has the honour of being the host to Moak Coffee at the Catex Trade Fair in RDS in Dublin.

Come along and visit us at stand D28 to try the different products that Moak can offer.

Pasquale, Valter and Alessandro will be happy to help you to find the best coffee for you particular needs.

We look forward to seeing you at stand D28


Forthcoming Events – Cork

September 25, 2012 by Christine No Comments »

On 27th September, La Dolce Vita restaurant and A Taste of Italy will organise a wine and food tasting from the Piemonte region.

The event will start in the evening. There will be a set tasting menu which includes 3 types of wine and a 4 course meal for only €28.50

Emiliano Morando from the Vinchio Vaglio Serra winery in Piemonte will be there to explain the characteristics of the different wines and answer any questions.

For booking, please contact La Dolce Vita, Proby’s Quay, Cork – 021-4840944.

We hope to see you there.


Forthcoming Events – Dublin

by Christine No Comments »

At a loss for something to do this week?

A Taste of Italy together with Botticelli Restaurant in Temple Bar, Dublin and one of our producers from the Piemonte region – Vinchio Vaglio Serra will be hosting a wine tasting dinner on Wednesday 26th September at 7.00p.m.

There is a set menu for €38.00 which includes a 4 course typical Piemonte dinner with a different Piemonte wine at each course.

Emiliano Morando from Vinchio Vaglio Serra will present and explain the wines and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Book your place now on 01-6727289

We hope to see you there!


A Taste of Italy and Nonna Rosa at the Wexford Food Festival

May 22, 2012 by Christine No Comments »

If you are wondering what to do this weekend you could take a trip down to Wexford Town to the Food Festival. There is a programme of events from Thursday evening through till Sunday27th May.

On Saturday and Sunday, A Taste of Italy will be there together with Nonna Rosa to offer anybody who is interested a sample of great Italian wine and food.

Go down and join Pasquale and Luigi for a hour or two.

This is the link to the festival. See you there!


Moak – An Italian Coffee Experience

March 14, 2012 by Christine 1 Comment »

A Taste of Italy is proud to announce that we have just won the agency for Moak Coffee in Ireland.


The high quality of Moak’s products comes out from the careful research of raw materials you can find on the international market and from a production process that uses the most advanced and efficient technologies, yet maintaining the deepest tradition of handmade roasting, in order to guarantee its clients a range of products able to satisfy every palate and every need.

Each coffee quality is roasted separately from the others. That way, every type of coffee bean reaches an ideal roasting level and a balanced blend with reference to taste, acidity and flavour can be created. The synergy between experience and advanced technology allows us to produce high quantities of coffee, maintaining an intact quality of handmade roasting.

So, our blends are easily identified by lines and products and are immediately referable to Moak’s identity.



These are just some of the products which you can buy in our coffee shop at  Just click on ” THE COFFEE SHOP” on the left hand side.


Pasquale and the 2011 harvest

February 6, 2012 by Christine No Comments »

You may think that wine merchants in Ireland never really get their hands dirty with the manufacturing processes. However, to prove you wrong, Rebecca has put together a few shots of Pasquale out in Piemonte (home to fabulous reds such as Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto or amazing whites like Gavi di Gavi and Roero Arneis) lending a hand with the 2011 harvest and taking a tour around some vineyards.


Just click on the link to see what she has prepared

Why do we do these things? – to ensure that when we offer you A Taste of Italy, we are offering the real thing!


Minestrone – Healthy, warming and easy on the pocket

December 27, 2011 by Christine 2 Comments »

When it’s cold outside and Christmas is over, a good warming home-made minestrone will make you feel cosy. With the added bonus of being full of goodness what more could you want?

Ingredients (for 4 people):

      • Half an onion, finely chopped
      • 1 carrot, quartered lengthways and chopped into small cubes
      • 1 stick celery, quartered lengthways and finely sliced
      • 1 more vegetable of choice cut into small pieces
      • 1 tin cannellini beans (or 200gr dried cannellini beans soaked overnight in cold water)
      • 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes
      • 500ml Chicken or vegetable stock
      • 4 tbsp olive oil
      • 200g small pasta shapes (or you can break up spaghetti into small lengths)
      • 500ml water
      • salt

In a large saucepan, heat the oil and then sauté the onions until soft. Add the bacon/pancetta if you are using it and cook for a couple of minutes. Then add the carrots, celery and your extra vegetable (I often use a handful of green beans, a courgette or some broccoli but this is a great way to use up vegetables from the fridge). Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring well and then add the beans and the chopped tomato. Pour the stock over the top, bring to the boil and let it simmer for about an hour and a half (you can do it in 30 minutes if you are using tinned beans).

In a second small saucepan, boil the water and salt to taste (dissolve the salt in the water, then taste the water to see if you like the taste and add more salt or water accordingly). Add the pasta and cook for the time stated on the packet.

Mix the pasta with the minestrone and serve hot with crusty bread, ground pepper and a sprinkling of parmesan.

We enjoyed ours with a glass of Barbera from Vinchio Vaglio Serra. How will you enjoy yours?