How did this all start?
Growing up in a family of first and second generation Italians, it would be an understatement to say that wine was merely “around” during my youth. I think fondly of holiday tables overflowing with homemade wine and pasta, rum, and desserts dripping with brandies and amaretto. In college I shamelessly enjoyed cheap supermarket reds, which I sipped while dying my hair in my sleepy studio apartment. As an undergrad student in Italy my professors and classmates quickly caught on to something and awarded me an actual certificate as the class “WINO” (an honor, to be sure, from a Tuscan University). And some years later on in Rome, I discovered the depth, complexity, and importance of wine, its history and culture…and that just maybe this is what Bacchus had intended for me all along.
This website is an extension of my first: Veni Vidi Vino Italy. Veni Vidi Vino Italy was started as a personal project to explore and educate about Italian wine and wine culture while I was living in Italy and working with wine. This website is meant to explore the rest of the wine world.
Who am I?
Officially: Aubrie Talarico is an American/Italian (Ex)Expat, WSET accredited Wine & Spirits Specialist. She lived in Rome for the better part of a decade where she worked in education and specialized wine and food tourism. Aubrie currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island where she has worked as a corporate Wine and Beverage Director for upscale restaurants and currently enjoys her role as the manager, consultant, and educator for a boutique wines and spirits shop in the heart of downtown Providence. Aubrie is the Vice President of the Rhode Island Sommelier Society.