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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Another Wine Paradox

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When I’m in Rome, I occasionally go to mega-tastings where you pay 200 euros and up to sample some of the world’s greatest wines. I don’t do it often, but such events provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to taste otherwise inaccessible bottles. For example, at Bibenda Day 2013 the organizers poured, among other notable wines, ’77 Valentini Trebbiano, ’90 Pergole Torte, ‘98 …

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Deceptively Delicious Points

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Can you ever imagine grading a wine like you grade a spelling test or high school math test (using the grading method of the United States)? Or better yet, think of grading fine art pieces. What percentage would you give to the Mona Lisa? The Starry Night? Dancers in Pink? Campbell’s Soup Cans? What percentage grade would you assign to …