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…

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…

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…