Remembering A Friend

Today was a dear friend's birthday. She died ten years ago of cancer at the age of 37. Every time I hear a certain song, eat a particular food or hear a deeply Tuscan accent, I think of her. She was a wonderful, artistic, creative soul who suffered an awful early death from that plague... Continue Reading →

Discovering Stemmari from Sicily

I've known about the Stemmari brand, which is owned by northern Italy-based Gruppo Mezzacorona, for many years but had never really focused on it until I was sent samples thanks to Li Valentine of #Thewininghourchat. I've been near where the winery is located as well but have never visited them. I was supposed to participate... Continue Reading →

Spirited Saturdays: Sipping Nocino

On June 24, San Giovanni, their patron Saint, Florentines pick walnuts to make into the delicious digestivo Nocino, a walnut liquor. The green hulls of walnuts are infused in alcohol for two months and then some spices are added to the mix. I have never had one in the United States but two brands seem... Continue Reading →

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