Archive for the Tag 'Veneto'

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La Fiera ~ The Carousel: Captivating Theme for the Child Within of The Fair Memories

LA FIERA ~ Abruzzo La Fiera has a wonderful story… Especially if you’re a merry-go-round groupie. In the early 70s, I took my two-year old daughter to a fair, and we rode the merry-go-round for so long Katie fell asleep on it. I don’t even know how many revolutions are in 2-hours. Jim, the beloved […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Astoria 2014 Alìsia Pinot Grigio

Want to stand out above the madding crowd? Well, Astoria‘s 2014 Alìsia Pinot Grigio surely does. So much so that I see it as a great picnic decoration, after you’ve enjoyed the wine. Gather some asters, daisies, Queen Ann’s Lace, whatever; put them into the bottle, after everyone’s enjoyed the wine, and place it on […]

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Verona ~ The Cesari Vineyard of Verona ~ prima parte #IAMarone

As I’ve written about Portugal, To Understand a Wine, Once Must First Understand its People. Now, it’s my time to learn about Verona, Italy: The customs of its people, its foods and wines, art and music, its landscapes, and its history. This is all for the purpose of understanding Cesari wines and what makes the […]

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Wines appealing to the adverturer inside of you ~ Rocca Sveva

There’s a group called the Wine Century Club, of which I’m a member. All you need to do is track how many different varieties that you’ve enjoyed… even if those varieties are in a blended wine. It almost feels like cheating; but those are their rules, and rules are rules. When I started I thought, […]

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musings of lavender and wine publicist advice with Tenuta Polvaro

This past week, I spent many hours working, writing, meeting people, enjoying children, and harvesting some lavender on Sunday… which brings me to musings of lavender and wine publicist advice with Tenuta Polvaro. I felt guilty cutting some fresh lavender from my garden bees; but, then I remembered that the lavender is very much set […]

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Suave Soave ~ How Could We Not Love This Region of Italy?

One of the greatest gifts that this blog has given to me is that it’s opening up the world. Having a Portuguese client come into my life is the best and single most important life changing experience along my wine career’s path. Enoforum Wines of the Alentejo region of Portugal has not only opened my […]

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Thanksgiving Wines

I know that this is an American holiday, which was instituted by our European forefathers with the assistance of Native Americans… while things were still copacetic… In the past, I’ve purchased American made wines, just going along with the tradition. To that end, I’m going to get myself over to J Wines for the bubbly. […]

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Week 2: Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio

WEEK 2: I have to admit that this past Sunday I spent with an adorable granddaughter, so my experiment for tasting was given over to photographing this child of five. Then, my week began to slip away, because I’m in the deep and narrow passageways of Dark & Delicious. This is a time when having […]

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Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio

I’m a huge proponent of boxed wine. I regularly have a box of white wine in my refrigerator for easy access. It’s a great space saver, and they allow me to buy a lot of wine at one time. I love having it and not having to store it elsewhere, or worrying about it becoming […]

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Refreshing Italian Whites Wines That Just Rock ~ From the Soave Consortium

[Lyla Diaz is in the foreground, with Melanie Hoffman in the background.] Weekly Holidaze Drawing: Just leave a comment on any wine-blog entry this month, to win weekly gifts this December: I was recently asked by Georgia Maloney (representing the Soave Consorzio) if I’d be interested in wines from Italy. My current learning curve is embracing […]