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

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

Food and Wine in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre – Tourists Yes!  Wine?  Talk to your traveling friends and almost everyone has either visited or at least heard of Cinque Terre.  5 beautiful towns perched on cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea in Northern Italy, not far from Genoa.  Wine destination?  Hardly.  If your spouse or traveling companions want to visit, say YES!  … Continue reading

Barolo Winegrower: Nicola Oberto and Trediberri

Nicola Oberto – Trediberri I met Nicola Oberto at a La Morra (one of the towns in the Barolo district) winetasting in early June 2013.  In a room full of Barolo winegrowers from the La Morra, Nicola stood out. What a passionate young man, eager to tell his story. I enjoyed talking with him and … Continue reading

Agnolotti al Plin & Favorita

It’s the final week in the food bloggers competition hosted by the Tourist Office of Langhe and Roero.  This week’s ingredient from the region is Agnolotti al Plin.  We love homemade pasta at our house, but truth be told, I’ve never made Agnolotti.  Never too late to learn! Agnolotti al Plin is a pasta traditionally … Continue reading

You’ll fall in love with Piemonte

Judging by recent posts, you might think we’ve gone off the deep end for the Piemonte (or Piedmont), and you’d be right.  Julie and I spent six days in the Langhe (an area inside the Piemonte region) last September. Why would we fall in love with a wine region, thousands of miles away from home … Continue reading

Barolo visits Minnesota: Podere Ruggeri Corsini

I met Weston Hoard (the Piedmont Guy) at a Barolo class he hosted at Sunfish Cellars about a year ago.  I was excited to see that Weston was coming back to town, this time bringing the winegrower from one of the Piedmont wineries he represents, Podere Ruggeri Corsini.  In addition, this was to be a … Continue reading

CSA Box + August Garden Panic = Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday is your friend when your garden is producing volumes of tomatoes and your CSA box is full.  Can you pair a meatless meal with an intense, tannic red wine?  Yes! Beet Green “Pesto” First: my sincerest apologies to all speakers of the French and Italian languages. My nickname for this “pesto” is Beet … Continue reading

Piemonte Training

In just a few days, Julie and I will be spending a whole week touring the Langhe, a district within the larger region of the Piedmont (or Piemonte) in Italy!  I had the opportunity to do some on-site “research” earlier this summer during a weekend stop mid-way through a business trip.  Over the last few … Continue reading

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