After an intense 18 day trip to Switzerland and Italy, I celebrated my birthday with the family at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. While the wine list is what you might expect, the scenary can't be beat and there is a fantastic exhibit by Dale Chihuly. Highly recommend for all.
I have been fortunate enough to celebrate La Fête Nationale Francaise – Le Quatorze Juillet, a holiday marking the anniversary of the fall on July 14, 1789 of the Bastille, in Paris on a number of occasions. As readers of this blog know, I was a Francophile in my early life and majored in French... Continue Reading →
I wrote this post two years ago. So much has changed in my life and in the USA. It's breathtaking. Read my piece here.
Our bags are packed and we're ready to go...I used to stand in my parents living room when I was 5 with my suitcase and sing that song to them. Who knows what they thought. I first went to Europe at 3, to Switzerland, a country that seemed like a good place for kids. All... Continue Reading →
I am about to embark on a new adventure in Lombardy and I have to say, I'm excited. I know people will think I am crazy, Milano in July, but I am really excited to see my adopted city. I had the pleasure of living in Lombardy, in Milan, for 10 years from 1995 to... Continue Reading →
Norway is on my mind today because I am about to visit a friend from there and because I once spent the Summer Solstice in Norway. Norway oddly enough is a country I feel close to. Oddly I say because I don’t have a stitch of Norwegian in my genetic tapestry. What I do have... Continue Reading →
This week's indigenous grape varieties are two that were created by Professor Luigi Manzoni during the 1930s at the Istituto Tecnico Agrario di Conegliano. The Manzoni Moscato is a cross between Raboso Piave and Moscato d'Amburgo. The idea behind this new grape variety was that it would make Raboso less "rustic." I mentioned Raboso on... Continue Reading →
Portugal is on my mind because of the devastating wildfires that are raging there and the loss of life. I thought I would post this article which I wrote for Binnotes in January of this year. People say you never forget your first love. In terms of countries, Italy and France have always been on... Continue Reading →
I visited Santiago a few times during my three week trip to Chile a few years ago. I was surprised at the vegetation which is quite tropical and the silence. I found the city to be somewhat quieter than I had expected. I guess I thought it would be very similar to Buenos Aires but... Continue Reading →