Buona Befana A Tutti!

Gearing up for the end of the winter holidays, everyone makes numerous resolutions, including me. One of mine is to write more copy on this blog. I have written everyday since December 1 but my numbers readers have dropped way off. I will resolve to be more interesting and a better correspondent with others on... Continue Reading →

Wine Wednesday: Vivanco Reserva 2011

I received this appealing wine as a sample from the lovely Li Valentine of The Wining Hour. This wine from Rioja is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. The grapes come from vineyards in Briones, Rioja Alta. On average the vines are 35 years old on average and grow on chalky-clay soils.  The wine... Continue Reading →

Ringing In the New Year with Berlucchi

Franco Ziliani met Guido Berlucchi in 1961 and they created the first sparkling wine in Franciacorta, hence the name of this Brut Franciacorta '61. Legend has it that Ziliani saw a fireplace made with white Botticino marble and wondered why they couldn't produce wines similar to those of Champagne when they had so much limestone.... Continue Reading →

New Year Awaits!

I have been absent from this blog for the past 10 days following the loss of a very important person to me - my Uncle last Saturday, December 22. Everything has seemed surreal and grey but I am aware that death is part of life and we must celebrate the time we have so, I... Continue Reading →

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