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

Hazelnut Pork Tenderloin and Valtellina Superiore

Stuck in Valtellina Continuing on with our virtual exploration of Valtellina, I found a good looking recipe for chestnut coated pork tenderloin.  In my quick tour around my usual local shops, I was unable to find chestnut flour, but hazelnut flour was available, hazelnut it is! We’ll pair the pork with a very nice introduction … 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

Primitivo and Pasta from the Heel of the Boot #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Explores Puglia This month, we’re traveling (virtually of course) to Puglia, in the far south of Italy.  Puglia is the high-heel of the ever fashionable boot that is Italy. If you look carefully, you can tell a lot from the photo above.  While much of Italy is marked by the … Continue reading

Swordfish and Cirò from the Land of Scylla and Charybdis #ItalianFWT

#ItalianFWT visits Calabria Every one of the twenty regions of Italy produces wine, and our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group has visited (virtually) all the well known regions.  In our quest to truly understand Italy, we are also visiting the lesser known regions, and Calabria is right up there in the “What? Never heard … Continue reading

Basilicata Aglianico Eruption #ItalianFWT

Basilicata Who? If there’s ever an under-the-radar Italian region, Basilicata is it. Located in the instep of the boot of Italy, it’s not a big tourism area, or an area of commerce. No big cities. Very little access to the coast.  With one exception, wines from Basilicata are not heard of or seen outside the … Continue reading

They Sure Love Fontina in Valle d’Aosta! #ItalianFWT

Italian Food Wine & Travel Visits Valle d’Aosta Where in the world is Valle d’Aosta?  It’s a very small region tucked into the far northwestern corner of Italy, bordering both Switzerland and France.  As you might imagine, food and wine from Valle d’Aosta share characteristics with products from the mountain cultures of those two countries. … 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

Neapolitan Pork Chops & Autochthonous Grapes of Campania #ItalianFWT

Autochthonous Grapes of Campania June is Campania on #ItalianFWT.  Campania is the southern Italian region which includes Naples, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri.  Neapolitan Pizza, of course. But what about the other foods and wines? Campania is known for the whites of Fiano di Avellino and Falanghina, Taurasi for red, but not much else … Continue reading

Is Taurasi the Barolo of the South?

Taurasi Who? Have you ever heard of Taurasi?  How about Aglianico? I thought so. When you’re trying to get some recognition for a little known wine, it’s helpful to compare it to a known reference. Anyone who drinks Italian wine has at least heard of Barolo, so why not? Taurasi Like many Italian wines, Taurasi … Continue reading

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