April 24, 2020

Happy Friday!

Luciano is dropping in before your weekend to tell you about another amazing wine from his winery, Raineri. But this time, it's a white wine. The wine is called 'Elfobianco' and is the only white wine made by Raineri as they are typically well-known for th...

April 17, 2020


Today, Luciano is tasting the Azienda Agricola 499 'Enigma' Moscato Bianco and pairing an amazing Risotto con Asparagi (Risotto with Asparagus).

You heard us right...Moscato! But not the Moscato you're thinking of. Today we are taking a look at a DRY Moscato from P...

April 13, 2020

Happy Easter! Or, Buona Pasqua as they say in Italy.

Today, Luciano is opening the Azelia 'Margheria Barolo 2012. Hear his thoughts on this stunning wine and his plan for a classic Easter dinner pairing.

Happy Easter and Buona Pasqua to those who celebrate!

April 2, 2020

Today, Ionia Uncorked is Ionia...Corked. Luciano stopped by Gabriel's Food and Wine in Cape Girardeau, MO to collect some vegan pizzas and a nice bottle of wine to take home with him! Gabriel's Food and Wine specializes in authentic Italian fare and has been a longtime...

March 31, 2020

Ciao Tutti! 

Luciano is coming to you today with his tasting notes on the the 2015 Casaloste Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. Here, he also details the often overlooked differences between the three classifications of Chianti Classico such as Chianti Classico, Chianti C...

March 26, 2020

Luciano is back! Now tasting a red wine from Mount Etna in Sicily from Cantine Edome. Hailing from Mount Etna, an active volcano in Sicily and grown on the Northern slopes of the volcano, Cantine Edome's 'Aitna' Etna Rosso is comprised of mostly Nerello Mascalesse and...

March 25, 2020

Today we have our export manager and consultant, Emiliano Morando, coming to us directly his home in Piemonte and sharing his traditional preparation for a Piedmontese dish called Vitello Tonnato. 'Vitello Tonnato' translates to 'Veal with Tuna Sauce' and is a dish typ...

March 24, 2020

Tagliatelle ai Funghi

For the pasta, you can use any dried, long pasta but fresh is better.  I always make fresh pasta for mushrooms, using a fairly wide cut, somewhere between tagliatelle and fettuccine.  Pappardelle could be used as well, if you prefer a wide pasta....

March 23, 2020


Luciano Racca, partner at Raineri Winery and warehouse manager at Ionia Atlantic Imports in Saint Louis, MO, is seen here drinking and sharing his thoughts on a wine very dear to his heart, the 'Cornole' Dogliani Dolcetto from his winery.

Over the past few weeks as...

March 31, 2017

Today I depart for an event I've not previously attended, the Grandi Langhe, which is associated with Nebbiolo Prima.  As Nebbiolo is my favorite grape, I am quite excited, not only to enjoy meeting with our producers, tasting their new vintages, and introducing Liz Go...

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