Richard Marcis is a freelance wine, food and travel writer based in the Washington, D.C. area specializing in the wines and food of Italy and Italian travel. I have been collecting and studying wines for over 25 years and have for many years taught classes in tasting and evaluating wines in general and Italian wines in particular for groups as diverse as trade organizations, restaurants, businesses and private parties of all sizes. I frequently publish wine and travel-related articles in the traditional print media and am a frequent traveler to Italy for interviews, vineyard tours and tastings.
I have no commercial affiliation and the content of my website is 100 percent independent. I have no financial incentive to push any particular wine. I buy my wines the same way most consumers do - that is, I pay the full retail price at local wine stores. Recommendation or discussion of specific wines, wineries, restaurants or other commercial establishments referred to in my website are based entirely on merit or general interest.
Specialties: Independent review of Italian wines, varietals and wine producers; monthly wine recommendations; updates on the Italian wine scene; and where to stay, dine and taste wines in Italy.
Invited to participate in Anteprima Amarone in Verona, Italy as a wine reviewer/writer and other professional wine tastings/evaluations in New York City and Puglia, Italy.