Villa Graziella sits down with talented journalist & wine expert Tom Hyland who penned the book “The Wines and Foods of Piemonte” which features interviews with the region’s leading winemakers and chefs. Click here to understand Tom’s insight into Italy’s famed Piemonte region and its wineries and food producers.
Once a year time stands still and we are all called upon to honor this planet of ours—Earth.
Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Mother Nature and all that she does for us. Earth Day got its beginnings in the 1970s thanks to its founder Gaylord Nelson. Then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Nelson tirelessly fought to push for the rights of the environment and rallied the American people for environmental protection.
His passion pursued and Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970.
The reasoning behind this was simple but profound. Nelson decided to have citizens ask some tough and noteworthy questions—”What are the particular pollution problems in your area? What needs to be done to alleviate them? How do you make the public aware?"
And thus, Earth Day manifested itself into a life changing experience for society as a whole. Communities stretched far and wide across this country began to ask these questions.
Throughout the decades, Earth Day has transformed the public’s perceptions of how to protect the environment that we live in. Grassroots efforts have led to numerous changes that now protect Mother Nature.
Fast forward to Earth Day 2017—this year is set to be even bigger than ever. According to the Earth Day Network “more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year making it the largest civic observance in the world.” A great reminder that the Earth is for everyone!
From everyone here at Villa Graziella artisan crafted wines made with organic grapes & Villa Gabriella organic foods we hope you have an earth-filled day on April22nd. We invite you to consider celebrating our earth in your own personal way, for we believe individual activity contributes to the greater good for all of us!
Villa Graziella enjoys a merenda with wine lecturer & writer Tom Hyland to discover the local foods of the beloved Piemonte region of Italy. Known for their distinct chocolate, cheeses, meats, pasta dishes and more, check out to discover these local treasures!
Villa Graziella shares a glass of wine with author & wine educator Tom Hyland to gain a deeper understanding of the delicate and fruitful findings of the wines of Piemontesi. Watch to learn more about the region’s treasured wines!
Villa Graziella sits down with wine expert Tom Hyland to discover Italy’s hidden gem—the Piemonte region. Regarded for its breathtaking views of the vineyards amidst the backdrop of the Alps, Piemonte is also grounded in authentic winemaking. Be sure to watch and discover why!
Winemakers, experts & novices alike, recently gathered to celebrate the noble & unique Pinot Noir grape at the 17th edition of The World of Pinot Noir along California’s central coast.
Old & new world varietals from Australia, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain & the U.S. were shared over discussions on vintage, terroir & winemaking styles. The Burgundy lunch, rosé brunch, sparkling wine seminar, cheese, pâté & Pinot Noir pairing classes were all thoroughly enjoyed. Not to be missed was the annual Grand Tasting Pinot Noir by the Sea & Silent Auction supporting California oenology education including the Michael Bonaccorsi Foundation.
Be sure to add this to your reading list! Wine author & educator, Tom Hyland’s new book “The Wines and Foods of Piemonte” is a wonderful resource to discover the wonderful wine and food of Italy's Piedmont region. Watch now and find out where to pick up your copy. Grazie!
Villa Graziella sits down with author & journalist Tom Hyland to congratulate him as Piemonte’s Ambassador for the region’s wine. Piemonte wine prides itself from the region of Piedmont—located at the base of the Alps in northern Italy, it is best known for the sparkling Asti, noble Barbera, Barolo, Barbaresco varietals & delicious Gavi white wine. Want to learn more?
Want to know how organic wine differs from the “other” stuff? Esteemed wine educator & writer Tom Hyland, sits down with Villa Graziella artisan crafted wines made with organic grapes, to discuss his findings! Tom’s wisdom offers valuable insight into the process of organic winemaking. Be sure to check it out!
Are you getting ready for the big game and looking for a healthier alternative to some game day bites? These Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a delicious meat alternative that is sure to make a touchdown this Sunday! High in Vitamin C, these cauliflower bites are a great healthy alternative to Buffalo wings. Serve as an appetizer with carrot sticks and your favorite ranch dressing. Visit Villa Gabriella for the full recipe!
What to enjoy with your sriracha cauliflower bites? Villa Graziella Toscano IGT Trebbiano white wine fruit flavors pair with spicy sriracha heat for a perfect combination.
Do you know what makes our wines organic? Learn a little bit more about us as we discuss organics, our background, and how Villa Graziella started.
This holiday season consider something different from your usual cellar picks. Leave your comfort zone when choosing wine as a gift, for a family gathering or casual get together. Remember it does not need to be expensive to be delicious. Be thoughtful; understand your guest or recipient’s taste preferences or favorite cuisine. Here are three wines worth giving and serving.
For the white (i.e. Chardonnay) wine drinker, try Viognier. Originally a French grape varietal, it is now grown from California to Virginia to Argentina. Voignier is well suited to festive foods; crab legs, shrimp cocktail, lobster tail also as a single sipper.
For the lover of luxury but with a thin wallet, think sparkling Italian Prosecco. Bright, clean and crisp, made from Glera grapes with secondary fermentation. Unlike bubbly from the designated French Champagne region and in bottle secondary fermentation, Prosecco’s fermentation is in large steel tanks. Effervescent and lighter tasting than French Champagne, it pairs perfectly with smoked salmon appetizers or on its’ own for midnight toasting.
For the unconventional, “Orange” wine. Made in California, Italy and the former Yugoslavian Republic now Slovenia. Orange wines are the result of skin fermented white grapes for an extended period; 2 weeks to 9 months. Butterscotch colored to bright copper, usually full bodied with a unique aroma and cider like vibrancy, orange wines are good “go-between” wines, lighter than red, fuller bodied than white. Rich holiday dishes like rack of lamb, beef tenderloin and smoked pork loin marry well with the acidic & tannic structure of orange wines.
Need help choosing? Consult your local wine merchant for their recommendations.
Wine educator and accomplished author, Tom Hyland, was kind enough to taste and write about our Villa Graziella Riserva and Rosso Toscano. Stay tuned for an upcoming conversation with Tom regarding wines and food of Piomonte and his latest book. Read the full review here!
We’re celebrating International Pasta Day with our healthy & delicious chicken pasta using both our Villa Gabriella Organic organic, extra virgin olive oil & organic 8 year aged balsamic vinegar di Modena. We’re enjoying it with our Villa Graziella artisan crafted Rosso Toscano IGT red wine, made with organic grapes. Bright fruity notes pair perfectly with zesty Roma tomatoes & protein rich chicken breast. Buon appetito! Visit Villa Gabriella for the full recipe!
The desire to eat and drink healthily continues to gain momentum. This includes interest in natural, organic, and biodynamic wines. But how is one different from the other? Read our latest article in Chicago Woman Magazine here!
Summertime dishes can vary in taste and texture, but whether you're eating fried chicken or grilled salmon, there's a wine that pairs perfectly with it. Check out our latest article for Chicago Woman Magazine here!
Deep dish, thin crust, pan, stuffed or square, did you know pizza did not originate from Naples as the legend goes? Historic records from the town of Gaeta, in Lazio Italy indicate the earliest mention of pizza appeared in a rental agreement in AD 997. The Dark Ages document stated tenants were to include 12 pizzas as part of their rent payment on both Christmas & Easter for land where a mill was built.
What to enjoy with your pizza? Like a marriage made in heaven, pizza & wine are the perfect match! Villa Graziella artisan crafted wine made with organic grapes 2015 Rosso Toscano bright acidity marries well with the rich cheese & ripe tomato sauce for a delicious dinner!
Tried, Tasted & True! At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature. While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think.
We welcome your comments & feedback!
Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA
A wonderful weekend at the Windy City Wine Festival! Perfect weather, great crowds, Chicago's lakefront & Buckingham fountain, what could be better?
Ever wonder what makes wine or food organic? We sat down with our talented partner producer Luca Nesi to learn about organic wine, sustainable food & life in Montespertoli, Italy.
An evening to remember! The recent launch party of The Chicago Collective featured great music, delicious appetizers & Villa Graziella artisan crafted wine made with organic grapes along with tasty tidbits made with Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil.