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May 11-15, 2017: Natural Italian Wine Course at Castello di Potentino

Join a small group (max 12)  for a four-day, full immersion course on Italian wine, food and culture in a Tuscan castle . Eleanor Shannon, certified sommelier and founder of Uncorked In Italy, will lead the course. Read more. Participants will learn how Italian wines are made, how to taste and understand Italian wine and […]

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To My Surprise: Learning to Make Organic Focaccia and Pasta

I never expected Italian wine to lead me into the kitchen, a place I’ve never felt comfortable or adept. But two women chefs and the local, organic flour mill, Mulino di Val D’Orcia, have inspired me. To my surprise, I’m finding out that it’s much easier to make focaccia and pasta than I thought. Having […]

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Healthy Organic Pasta: The Real Story Behind Gluten Intolerance

Amadeo Grappi, a young artisan producer of organic stone ground flour and pasta at the Mulino Di Val D’Orcia in Tuscany, gave me a clear explanation for the rise in gluten intolerance and loss of nutritional value in wheat products. As he says in this video, the problems arise from two things: the use of […]

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Transforming Tuscany: The Origo Family in the Val D’Orcia

Italian-American, Iris Origo and her husband, Antonio Origo, illegitimate son of the Marchese Origo in Florence bought an enormous estate in Valley of the Orcia River in the 1920s and transformed the area. Their daughters, Donata and Benedetta, still live at La Foce and La Chiarentana, making outstanding organic olive oil and offering parts of the […]

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Bar Mezzana: Pairing Modern Excellence with Italian Organic Wine in Boston

Within weeks of meeting Eleonora Costa of Crealto at Vini Dei Vignaioli, the natural Italian wine fair near Parma… I found her wine at the hip, new Bar Mezzana in Boston’s South End. It was listed among other natural Italian wines I’ve written about like Elisabetta Foradori Manzoni Bianco and Granato, Eugenio Bocchino Barolo, Arianna […]

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Beyond Borders: A Culinary Experience at L’Argine A Vencò

As soon as they opened L’Argine A Vencò in 2014, Chef Antonia Klugmann and her partner, Romano de Feo, won accolades and, then in December, 2015, a Michelin Star. After dining and staying the night, I found out what is behind their meteoric success. Antonia’s creative cuisine is seasonal and local but a complete departure […]

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Momo’s House, a secret place to discover authentic Tuscany

Momo Brubeck’s house, Il Colombaio, is a hidden gem in the hills of Tuscany, a few kilometers from the village of Montisi. Rented out by the week, it offers visitors the chance to be “at home” in Italy as Momo has been throughout his life. Since his father was an American diplomat, he was born […]

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A Florentine Architect Paints Fabrics with Flair in Tuscany

After leaving Florence for an intense career in architecture and graphic design in Milan, Francesca Gaultieri, returned to her native Tuscany to create an artisan workshop. She paints, dyes and silkscreens fabrics for making whimsical bags, pillows, clothes and linens by hand. Every piece is one of a kind, deliciously unique. Entirely self-taught from reading […]

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Cooking in Raffaella’s Kitchen in Montalcino, Tuscany

In a few hours time, Raffaella Cova convinced me that I could make an authentic and delicious Italian meal. Cooking, which usually feels stressful to me, became a genuine pleasure with Raffaella. Her expertise and easy laugh encouraged me. An extra incentive was knowing that we would sit down for lunch with a glass of […]

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Hiking in the Langa Hills of Barolo with Elio Sabena

Elio Sabena is not A guide but rather, THE guide for hiking in the Langa Hills of Piedmont. He identified and maintains the trails, drew the maps, and placed the trail signs. On a cloudy summer morning with chance of rain, we set out from Novello to do a loop from there to Barolo, along […]

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