18 hours in Florence

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Birthplace of the Renaissance, and a city still radiating with some of the most important art, architecture, and sculptures of our time, it would be a shame to miss it.  So, in the slight event you only find yourself for a single day, I will share my quick 18 hours so you can perhaps make the most of it. Most …

Marche and Abruzzo – Adventures for the Wine Club

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For those of you who love travel and appreciate the more off the beaten path and non-touristy experiences, I have decided to chronicle my cultural and culinary adventures around Italy as we search for all the special selections for our wine club members. The blog posts will feature wineries visited, short restaurant reviews, places and sights worth visiting and local …

The Bitter and Sweet Taste of Pleasure

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Pleasure – try to define what it tastes like.  Is it easy to understand or does it provoke you and make you think?  Is it immediately obvious or are the effects delayed?  Soft and sweet, with a cherry on top or dark, bitter and contemplative? We live in a world of instant gratification, shrinking the wait time required from the …

Montalcino – Adventures for the Wine Club

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Two months back in the US and I left feeling full on friends, family and familiarity but craving what I love so much about my life in Italy—the spirit of Rimessa Roscioli, the real flavors in the food and wine, the extensive culture and diversity from village to village, the immense history, the richness of life here.  Ironically I was …

Defining ‘good’ California wine

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Anyone who has had the great privilege (or as he might say the misfortune) to enjoy (or endure) a tasting with Alessandro – based on whether you agree or disagree with his strong opinions on wine – will know that he has a highly discerning palate for ‘terroir’ driven wines which offer complexity and unctuousness to the palate. So, on a …

Sweet Sicilia – Come taste the meaning of Terroir with me

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It was my favorite scene from Willy Wonka when I was a child. The scene where they enter into the chocolate factory after that terror of a boat ride, to find a paradise of all the most sweet, succulent, edible delights. Everyone galavanting around savoring and sampling the finger-licking goodies, ravaging and shaking trees of candies and not afraid to …

Adventures for the Wine Club – Marche and Abruzzo

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For those of you who love travel and appreciate the more off the beaten path and non-touristy experiences, I have decided to chronicle my cultural and culinary adventures around Italy as we search for all the special selections for our wine club members. The blog posts will feature wineries visited, short restaurant reviews, places and sights worth visiting and local …

The 5-star, 100-point Mediocre Experience

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If you have ever seen the Black Mirror episode called ‘Nosedive’, where everyday interactions as simple as riding in an elevator with people, office dialogs, or how you are driving (already is something we can rate for many truckers) are rated with a 5-star system, you become slightly aware of this important and scary trend of ‘likeability’ and ‘please-ability’. We …