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18 hours in Florence

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

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

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

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 …

Wine’s Silver Medalist

In the beginning, France was blessed with good growing conditions for wine grapes—as were some locales to the south, including Italy. Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. More recently, in the beginning of a sit-down with my daily wine news site, I came across an article in which the central claim was that Italy is catching up to France in the fine …

Defining ‘good’ California wine

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 …

Israel’s Maddeningly Modern Wines

If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you might suspect that I’m a lover of old-world and traditionally styled wines. Well, it’s true. I can admit it.

Sweet Sicilia – Come taste the meaning of Terroir with me

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 …