The Name Says It All: Soave Classico #ItalianFWT

Who Wouldn’t Like Suave and Classic? Charming, confident, elegant, classic. Great descriptors and wouldn’t you love to drink a wine you thought of that way? Unfortunately, Soave, a white wine from the Veneto region in northern Italy had its’ roller coaster ride to the top of Italian wines in America in the 1970’s. And, of … Continue reading

Unique Mountain Wines of Alto Adige #ItalianFWT

Italian Food Wine and Travel Mountain Wine Exploration Our Italian Food Wine and Travel group August assignment is “Mountain Wines” of Italy. Pretty easy, as there’s the Swiss Alps, the French Alps, the Dolomites, the Apennines, Vesuvius, Vulture, Mt. Etna in Sicily. Our assignment might have been more difficult if it had been the “Non-Mountainous” … Continue reading

Nebbiolo Beyond the B’s with #ItalianFWT

A group of alternative Nebbiolo wines

Nebbiolo Beyond Barolo and Barbaresco Join the Italian Food Wine and Travel Group on February 4 as we explore the Nebbiolo grape beyond it’s most famous incarnations of Barolo and Barbaresco! We’ll be posting and chatting about our findings on Saturday February 4. If you have a blog and would you like to join us, … Continue reading

Trofie al Pesto with Cinque Terre DOC #ItalianFWT

Fond Memories of Cinque Terre Two years ago, we had a lovely visit to the Cinque Terre, a series of 5 towns on the Italian Riviera in Liguria. We’re fondly remembering our visit with our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group today. Join our group as we virtually explore the region, scroll down further in … Continue reading

Giving Salice Salentino a Chance

Salice Salentino Gets No Respect Do a little research on Salice Salentino, and the nicest comment you’ll hear is: “At least it’s inexpensive”. Dig a little deeper, and you might hear “ripe and bitter.” Wow, faint praise indeed. As our #ItalianFWT group was exploring Puglia, I approached the bottle of Salice Salentino I bought with … Continue reading

Cooking Sicilian with the Broders at Kitchen in the Market

kitchen in the market cooking class

Two Favorites: Kitchen in the Market and Broders I love cooking classes at Kitchen in the Market in Minneapolis. A real commercial kitchen, the classes are always fully hands-on.  I don’t want to watch someone cook, I want to do it myself! This week, I had the double pleasure of attending a Sicilian cooking class … Continue reading

Orange is the New Red: Paolo Bea Santa Chiara & Umbrian Steak #ItalianFWT

#ItalianFWT Visits Umbria Umbria is one of the few landlocked regions in Italy. Situated in between Tuscany to the west, Le Marche to the east, and Lazio to the southwest, Umbria is known as the “Green Heart of Italy”.  Winewise, it’s best known for the white wine Orvieto, and for red wines made from Sangiovese … Continue reading

What Wine Goes With Octopus? A Sardinian Investigation #ItalianFWT

Octopus I love octopus as a menu item in restaurants and often order it, but I’ve never attempted it at home. After a call to our local Coastal Seafoods, where the fishmonger assured me I could handle it, I was all in.  Maybe you will be too!  If you have enjoyed calamari, you should try … Continue reading

They’ll Drink Anything in Rome #ItalianFWT

Lazio and #ItalianFWT This month we’re off to Lazio, dominated by Italy’s national capital, Rome! When you think of Rome, you think of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican.  You’re probably not thinking about wine. Lazio Wines are Tough to Find As we slowly tour Italy, region by region, I’ve been surprised by the ease … Continue reading

Hidden Treasures from Le Marche #ItalianFWT

Finding Le Marche with #ItalianFWT Our #ItalianFWT group is off to Le Marche this month (virtually). I’ve included links at the bottom of this post to see what everyone else is up to! Le Marche Region As we travel around Italy, we visit some areas that are well known, and some that are almost unheard … Continue reading

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