Tasting 100 of Italy’s best wines

While Vinitaly is the most important wine event on the Italian calendar, the most memorable part of the action-packed week (if talking and tasting wine can be considered action) actually takes place the day before the trade fair begins. The day before in question was Saturday and the Vinitaly pre-event was OperaWine’s Finest Italian Wines…

Volcano Mania Continues in Southern Italy

The weather cleared after two days and I made it up (and down) the volcano on Stromboli. This is a most surreal island with these people living in the shadow, very literally the shadow, of a super-active volcano. I’m here touring Italy’s active volcanoes on assignment so no more details on them for now. That…

Easter Marooned on a Deserted Island

Okay so it’s not exactly deserted here and marooned might be a stretch in that I haven’t been abandoned and I’m not really isolated as there are another 500 people in the vicinity. But it is Easter and I am on an island. And not just any island as this happens to be Stromboli, a…

Everybody else's view from Hotel Panoramic

Setting the Record Straight

I would like to set the record straight. For all those who think attending the Cous Cous Fest in San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily is the plum of all plum foodie assignments, and the comments on my Facebook page have let me know that you are many, I would like to point out a few…