Thursday Pairing: Penne alla Zucca With Ribolla Gialla

  I have friends coming over for dinner and I have been thinking what to make for dinner. Then it came to me, Penne alla Zucca (Pumpkin) one of my favorite all time dishes paired with Ribolla Gialla, a fabulous grape from Friuli. I make the pasta with white wine but sometimes I add a... Continue Reading →

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Sindrome da Rientro As Vacation Ends

As September rolls around, I am afflicted with that not so terrible malady: il Sindrome da Rientro – back to work after the end of vacation. This year I had a long vacation on Cape Cod, a place that I absolutely adore. Lot of fun with family and many first forays for  Niccolo’ – my... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Earth Day – Hooray

On Earth day, together with 15,000 other people, we went to the Bronx Botanical Gardens. It was a perfect day weather wise and fun was had by all. They put out a great huge balloon of the Earth, let people picnic on the grounds which is usually forbidden and generally pulled out the stops for... Continue Reading →

Day 2: Campania Stories 2018, Naples

This week I have been in Naples for #Campaniastories. It’s been a very interesting and intense experience in this thrilling region, Campania. One thing I appreciate a lot about this trip is that they have varied the events - tasting with professional sommeliers, visits to wineries in various parts of the region, and cultural experiences... Continue Reading →

Spending Time In Rome During Easter

I have had the pleasure of spending Easter in Rome a number of times. The city is very crowded with tourists and often school children. “La Settimana Santa” or the Holy Week is considered a perfect time to visit the Eternal City. Many hope to see the Pope who is in residence and gives Mass... Continue Reading →

Bianco di Pitigliano for Passover

I discovered the wines from Pitigliano in the Maremma in the early 1990s when I was lucky enough to visit the town during a weekend trip. I was on the trail of the Etruscans, an ancient people that populated these towns a few thousand years earlier. My Mom studied the Etruscans in graduate school when... Continue Reading →

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