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Li Valentine

Planted, harvested and aged in NY, Li Valentine has a background in education and marketing, with a passion for travel and all things wine. With roots in the boot, she has a special interest in Italian wine and travel. She is a certified wine professional and Italian Wine Specialist. In addition to writing about wine (, she is the founder of The Wining Hour, Inc., which includes a wine boutique that caters to the wine lover, as well as the vinous winechat (#WiningHourChat) on X (formerly Twitter). Follow Li on all social at @thewininghour.

Exploring the Coastal Charms of Cesenatico in Emilia-Romagna

Our correspondent discovers Cesenatico, a gem on Emilia-Romagna's Adriatic coast that is rich in heritage, charm and cuisine.

June 17, 2024

Celebrating Pinot Grigio delle Venezie

Here's how our wine contributor celebrated Pinot Grigio Day with an array of tastings and events around NYC with the Vini delle Venezie DOC.

May 30, 2024

Celebrating Mom with the Sparkling Wines of Asti DOCG

Our wine contributor highly recommends the sparkling wines of Asti for this year's Mother's Day celebrations.

May 7, 2024

10 Sustainable Italian Wines for Earth Day

In recognition of Earth Day, our wine contributor shares 10 wines from Italy that are certified organic, sustainable and/or biodynamic.

April 17, 2024

Sip Barolo, the “Wine of Kings,” for Holy Week

Our wine contributor explains why Barolo is considered the "King of Wines" and why it works so well with Holy Week for parings.

March 21, 2024

Chianti Classico: Cupid’s Choice

Our wine contributor, posing as Cupid, chooses Chianti Classico for the most romantic Valentine's Day pairing.

February 8, 2024

Uncovering Custoza Wines with Monte del Frà

Our wine expert, Li Valentine, attended a tasting of the whites of Monte del Frà from the Custoza DOC in the Veneto and likes what she discovered.

January 23, 2024

Get Acquainted with Sparkling Wines from Trento DOC

A wine expert details the northern Italian sparkling wines from Trento DOC and shares tasting notes on two variations of Brut Rosè.

October 18, 2023