I'm a writer, editor, translator, and content creator with a background in travel, food, wine, and lifestyle writing. I lived in Italy for nearly a decade where I became a certified wine sommelier.
A meditation on (and explanation of) the heady pleasures of white truffle, and how to cook with them.
Think Pink: 10 Dishes To Pair With Rosé Wine
Sure, nothing goes better with a glass of rosé than a bikini and a beautiful beach view – but the next best pairing might just be your next home-cooked dish. Sommelier-tested rosé and food pairing ideas.
RENATO (45 STEPS) • by Annie B. Shapero
Renato would have followed me a thousand miles back to my apartment. At least that’s how it felt in the beginning. The truth is that there were only 45 steps between my apartment and the wine bar around the corner where we both worked.
A short love story and excerpt from book-in progress.
Eau d'Italie Perfume Brand Story
A brand story video for niche perfume house Eau d'Italie.
Musings of a Sommelier: Is There Any Shame in Mixing Wine and Water?
A (not so brief) history of mixing wine and water, from the ancients Greeks and Romans to my own parents on Shabbat dinner.
Pure Enjoyment: Relearning How To Appreciate Food
Food is necessary for life, but it's also part of what makes life worth living. Make a resolution to truly savour and appreciate your food. A meditation on eating with purpose.
Meet The Makers: Pentire Non-Alcoholic Spirits
INTERVIEW: We chat with Alistair Frost, founder of Pentire botanical alcohol-free spirits, about the brand's wind-swept coastal flavours, and its commitment to sustainability.
Autoethnographic Literary Nonfiction: Eulogy For a Perfume
Literary Nonfiction. A meditation on the power of olfactory memory. When a scent disappears from the earth, we lose all the stories it conjures.
Bloomin’ Good: 8 Floral Cocktails For Spring
A round-up of vibrant, flower-powerful cocktails, courtesy of bartenders and beverage influencers the world over + a short history of flower-infused beverages.
Introduction To Wine Tasting - Day 1
Free, 21-episode introduction to the language of wine tasting. Conceived, directed, written, and hosted by Annie B. Shapero. Full playlist:
Flash Tasting Colognole Chianti Rufina 2015 Riserva del Don
A one-minute introduction to tiny Chianti Rufina appellation with a focus on one winery and their Chianti Riserva
Cantine Di Marzo Greco di Tufo (Flash Tasting)
A one-minute introduction to a historic Italian winery and their signature wine.
10 White Wine Grapes To Discover This Summer
Ten white wines to try that you may not be familiar with. Fruity or floral, refreshing or complex... these under-loved white grapes deliver the goods. Ex. Albariño (Alvarinho), Banzoni Bianco, and Viognier
Sommelier Q & A: Ideal Serving Temperature For Sparkling Wines
The temperature affects the the aromatic qualities of the wine. Red, white, and sparkling wines all have distinctive notes. Serving them at the right temperature will ensure you get the most from your wine. Learn more + tips on how to chill wine fast.
How to Pronounce Sangiovese
A quick lesson on Italian wine pronunciation for a small winery and USA importer.