An incredible path that binds Layne Randolph to Italy, if “the outward journey” saw fashion as the protagonist, “the return” is all oriented towards wine. After a few years of study and work in Turin and Rome, with prestigious assignments for fashion houses of the level of Fendi, Layne decided to return to the US to pursue other career paths, however choosing a landscape that was similar to the Italian hills. So here is Sonoma, and the beginning of an adventure in the world of wine that she explains to us in the first answer to our questions. We met her for an insight into the wines of Lazio and we are really happy to have had this opportunity, such high-level writing is what every territory wants to make itself known!
Nero Buono’s history is unknown. Claudio Gargiulo of Carpineti explained. “We are working with the village of Cori to find the DNA origin of the Nero Buono grape, but we have not found a relative, and it’s possible that none exists today. So, we are [literally] writing the history of Nero Buono now.”
“[Nerello Mascalese] is to Marcello Mastroianni as John Wayne is to Cabernet.” Alberto Graci, Graci Winery, Passopisciaro, Sicily. My mission is to explore the Etna DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wine region and find out what is percolating on Mt. Etna, other than the still-active volcano.
Attempting to be undaunted, I set out on my Metropolitan Lady bicycle every day, my computer in tow. I rode to coffee bars, restaurants, and friends’ homes and places of business to use my laptop and wireless card, much to the amusement and chagrin of the Salentini, who would say to me, “You are fixated. Stop the computer. Go to the sea!”