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Cinque Terre Bianco 2016 DOC tasting notes

Cinque Terre Wine Picks for 2017: The Best for Drinking Now

credit The Cinque Terre (how to say it), literally “the Five Lands” that includes the towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso, are a string of rustic villages clinging to the rugged Italian Riviera in eastern Liguria. Over 1 million visitors flood the 5 towns each year to swim in the warm Mediterranean water, hike between […]

Rome police dish up spaghetti for a lonely couple

Dishing Out the Love

Credit: Questura di Roma Facebook is buzzing with news about the kindness and generosity of the Roma Police. Last week, officers responded to a call in Rome after someone reported hearing crying and shouting coming from an urban apartment. When the police arrived, they were met by 89 year old Jole and her 94 year […]

Opening a fine bottle of Italian wine

Connecting Winemakers with Wine Lovers

“You could import pasta. Everybody loves pasta.” My friend Arnaldo is trying to be helpful. It’s 2003 and I’m thinking about building a new business around importing “something” from Italy. We’re hanging in his taverna in Cortona over a bottle of Chianti Classico. “Yeah, I like pasta,” I say, “but I can’t find much excitement […]