Looking Good, Bellavista!

Oh, the elegance of it! A recent evening at the Rapallo Yacht Club featured the wines of Bellavista, best known for its fabulous Franciacorta. While everyone and their brother seems to know Prosecco, why is Franciacorta Italy’s best-kept bubbly secret? What is in a name? Franciacorta is no ordinary bubbly (and of course, we are […]


The Last Supper

As you’ve gathered, I’m still digesting my experience at the Florence Symposium of the Masters of Wine. The farewell dinner was an appropriate send-off, held at the spectacular Antinori Winery in the Chianti Classico. Designed by architect Marco Casamonti, this stunning state-of-the-art Cantina wowed the crowd. How can I begin to describe this magical evening? The […]


Talk about terroir…

Dinner the first evening in Florence was sponsored by Chianti Classico Gran Selezione and held at the exclusive Palazzo Corsini.         The magnificent Renaissance palace (home to a Botticelli and a drawing by Raphael) was an appropriate backdrop. Talk about terroir! The Chianti producers strutted their stuff by making it the centerpiece! Not […]


Symposium, The Masters of Wine

Buongiorno da Firenze! The 450 delegates of the 8th Symposium have convened and Florence is a-buzz. Things started up mid-afternoon Thursday at the Palazzo dei Congressi, and I haven’t had a minute since. The tastings are amazing, the Masters are truly that.So, what are you tasting, you ask! My pick of the first quite impressive […]


Gnocchi al pesto…. Allegro ma non troppo!

The marvelous Giorgio Erede, a lawyer-turned-chef and restaurateur, has written an unusual and fun memoir, La musica della mia cucina. Those two Italian passions – food and music – in one original work. Isn’t creativity what it’s all about, Alfie? Erede shares recipes and memories, and gives you the soundtrack for both.  It begs the […]


Ever wonder why it’s called Genoa salame?

We are concluding a week that included two national holidays: Pasquetta, or Little Easter, on Monday, and the Festa della Liberazione, April 25th on Friday. How will we make it through next week? There’s only one national holiday: Thursday is May 1st, or Labor Day! Here in my neck of the woods (Liguria), April 25th […]