The Sisterhood of the Grape

Yesterday in a Liguria filled with sun, looking much like the photo below, I attended a meeting of the prestigious Italian association, Donne del Vino, which brings together producers, restaurateurs and... People like me! Journalists and writers who write about Food & Wine. Last year I was admitted to the ranks of this lovely group,…

Eat, Drink and Be Merry…

...for Tuesday is Martedì grasso, better known in its French version of Mardi Gras! That is to say, it is Carnevale, ogni scherzo vale! which goes a tad further than 'Trick or treat!' I dare say! The tricks, or scherzi, I've seen come closer to charivari than the ritual throwing of rotten eggs at a jack-o-lantern.…

Buon Natale, genovese style!

Seeing as we are still in the 12 days of Christmas, I am going to extol the virtues of the Genovese Christmas culinary tradition. Recently, on a lovely evening at that Ligurian culinary mecca, Ristorante Manuelina in Recco, we were treated to the delights of the local gastronomy... Could a meal at Manuelina's start with…

Longing for the Langhe…

Autumn is no more alive than in the Langhe region of Piedmont. What with the truffles, the wine, the funghi... You can wind your way along scenic roads, stopping to taste the bounty of the land. The colors are just so... autumn! And the aromas... it's heady stuff. One weekend in November, we found ourselves…

And the Winner is…. Part II

When talking about Food&Wine, let's not forget the FOOD. So, along with all that flowing excellence, the menu could be nothing less. Leave it to Gianfranco Vissani, il Maestro, to come up with the perfect combinations. This man's name should be a household word. And the MCs are not just for show, you know. The…

And the Winner is…

Bibenda's Annual Wine Awards took place at the spectacular Cavalieri Hilton in Rome Saturday night. Now that is a Who's Who in the wine world in Italy!  Five hundred elegantly attired winemakers, wine handlers and aficionados were served at 50 tables by 50 sommeliers. The book you see featured above, this year in a pristine…

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…