Peel Me a Grape!

OK, it doesn't get more luxurious than this: a hydromassage in red wine! And what an effect on the skin! So soft, so smooth -- it's all those anti-oxidants, right? When you emerge from the bath, a pleasant, smiling assistant gives you something to replenish the liquids you've lost: And this is supposed to be…

The Bacchus Treatment

Retreating into the Val d'Orcia for my pre-Vinitaly spring renewal. Driving through this part of Tuscany, I inevitably ask myself: do these greens really occur in nature? Got in just after lunch time. Now that is what I call a Room with a View! Do you really think those little lined-up trees happen naturally too?…

Winetherapy, the Perfect Preparation for Vinitaly!

Vinitaly is just around the corner... So how does one gear up for five days of sipping and spitting? Eating and greeting? To say wining and dining is an understatement... Fast? Feast? I have a ritual, and it includes bathing in thermal waters to detox my entire system, tired of the winter, craving the spring…

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,…

Variety is the Spice of Life, but…

When is 'So many' 'Too much'? The question was actually posed at the Masters of Wine Symposium in Florence last year, when it came out that Italy had over 440 varietals. If we want to talk DOC, there are over 330 of them, not to mention the 73 DOCG wines. If you don't believe me, check…

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…

Time for a Revolution…

Monte Taburno Summer reflection. Those things you do when you feel autumn at your heels... Sitting at an outdoor café in the sleep Riviera town of Chiavari, I find myself before a lovely, crisp glass of Falanghina. We all know Falanghina, of course, but the lure for me was Taburna - that massive mountain, home…