A “Must Have” Piemonte Book for Your Bookshelf

A Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte Whether you have visited or not, there is a book coming that any Piemonte lover will enjoy.  Like me, if you have been lucky enough to visit, you must daydream regularly about your return. What a beautiful land full of wonderful wines, food, and stories. My … Continue reading

A Burgundy Dream Realized: Maison Harbour

A New Winery in Burgundy? Impossible! Wine history dating back to the middle ages, high demand for classic wines known around the world, it must be impossible to start a new winery in Burgundy, right? This is France, after all. Go to the Blue door in Savigny-lès-Beaune Impossible? No!  All you need to do is: … Continue reading

Get to Know the Vignerons Indépendants

Travel plans to France anytime soon?  Take a look at the Vignerons Indépendants. Pack this info away, maybe you can work a Salon into your schedule! The Vignerons Indépendants The Vignerons Indépendants are a trade group of small French winegrowers who banded together for mutual benefit and to encourage maintaining their independence.  As a consumer, … Continue reading

Burgundy in November

A foggy November day in the Cotes de Beaune (click on any photo to view the slide show)

La Buvette Paris

A Two Year Wait to Visit La Buvette September 2013, our first trip to Paris.  I did my homework and had found a number of natural wine bars worth a visit. One day, Julie was out with a friend and I had the afternoon free. I chose to walk (a long way) as I love … Continue reading

Franco Rocca: Our Barbaresco Winegrower Friend

A Great Deal on Single Cru Barbaresco Have you heard of cruzu.com?  Check them out, crowdsourcing for wineries looking for American exposure. A Barbaresco winegrower friend of ours, Franco Rocca, has an offer open until July 5, and he is looking for support.  I don’t have anything to gain from this support, except that I … Continue reading

DSLR Wine Photos: Why Drop $100+ on a Polarizing Filter?

One Filter You Need With modern digital cameras and processing software, the need for special filters has largely been eliminated. There’s a filter that can’t be replicated by either your camera or post-processing software: a circular polarizing filter. This is the one additional filter you should pack. Polarizing filters excel at eliminating reflections and glare … Continue reading

Langhe e Roero Inspired Antipasto: Robiola Bosina e Funghi

Another Italian Food & Wine Challenge Last week, I received this message via facebook: Buongiorno, sono Elisa Giordano e gestiisco la pagina facebook dell’ente turismo TuLangheRoero. Da lunedì parte un nuovo contest culinario speriamo tu possa partecipare come l’anno passato, ecco il regolamento: Sei un food blogger? O semplicemente un amante del cibo? Ti piace … Continue reading

Minnesota visits Barolo: Podere Ruggeri Corsini

Way back in January, we met Nicola Argamante of Podere Ruggeri Corsini during a winemaker visit in Minnesota.  He braved -20° F temperatures to sell his wines around the midwest, a dedicated man! We told him that night that we would like to visit when we were in the Piedmont this summer, and we did! … Continue reading

Come Along on a Virtual Tour of Italy

A Slow Virtual Tour of Italy I’m embarking on a relaxed virtual tour of the wines and foods of individual regions in Italy. I hope you’ll join me! Digging a Little Deeper You might already know I’m a pretty ardent fan of the Piemonte (Piedmont) region of Italy.  In our recent visits we have discovered … Continue reading

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