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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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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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Tuscan Terroir in London

On a chilly evening last week, the historic London Sketch Club came alive with a celebration of wine, music and film inspired by the Castello Potentino, an authentically restored castle on the slope of the Monte Amiata south of Siena. Winegrower, Charlotte Horton, pictured here with the Lochrian String Quartet, opened the evening talking about […]

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Pacina: Stewards of a Generous Gift from Nature in Tuscany

Giovanna Tiezzi’s land south of Siena in Tuscany, looks much like it did a thousand years ago with woods, vineyards, olive trees, legumes and grains in a patchwork that spreads across gently rolling hills. “You can do down to the Municipal Palace in Siena and see it in Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s fresco “The Allegory of Good […]

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Monticchiello: Hidden Medieval Borgo in Val D’Orcia, Tuscany

I came upon Monticchiello 13 years ago as I wound around the same hairpin curves that I drove yesterday. Back in 2002, I was looking for quiet after visiting the famous wine towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano, both of which were bustling with tourists. The rolling hills were a bright green patchwork punctuated by cypress […]

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