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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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Hotel Signum: Sea Spa on Salina

Even though Hotel Signum has the trappings of a stylish, luxury hotel, it retains a warm, family character. An island couple, Clara Rametta and Michele Caruso, founded it in 1988, and they still own and run it with their children, Luca and Martina Caruso. (Photo shows the famous volcano, Stromboli, in the distance.) It is […]

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Aeolian Island of Salina: Hiking a Volcano leads to a Lovely Lunch

In the middle of the Sicilian island of Salina, the ValdiChiesa (Valley of the Church) runs between two volcanoes, “Fossa delle Felci” (3156 ft) and “Monte dei Porri” (2821 feet–pictured here). As soon as I arrived in the little town of Leni to stay the night, I wanted to climb the big one, Fossa, the […]

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Ciro Biondi: Tasting Etna Terroir

It had been a year since I’d seen Ciro and Stephanie Biondi (see the blog post here). Sitting down for dinner in their home reminded me immediately that their enthusiasm for their work is matched only by their enthusiasm for life. Over the course of the evening, they poured three of their single vineyard crus: […]

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