Sassicaia, Ornellaia and …

Imagine for a second a wine tasting with Sassicaia, Ornellaia and too many other Super Tuscans to count, nine Brunellos, 13 Barolos, and several world class sparkling wines to rival champagne. Oh yeah, and Gaja’s Barbaresco and six Amarones. That was just part of the more than 100 wines being poured at a tasting over…

Affordable Art in Milan

Two Sundays ago with Milan amply below freezing and me fighting a stubborn virus and in need of an excuse to leave the house, I ended up at the Affordable Art Fair. There are trade fairs for cosmetics, farm vehicles, cellular technology, airplanes, outdoor sports, wine, food. You name it and it probably has a…

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The Olive Harvest in Salento

Who hasn’t dreamed of leaving it all behind and becoming a farmer? Well, anyway, I have and fortunately on occasion I have a chance to pretend. In late December I was down in Salento again, Muro Leccese to be exact, where I took part in the olive harvest. The olive oil aficionados out there will…

Eating the Unthinkable, and the Wonderful

I’ve just returned from a place that uses $50 bottles of wine to cook beef for hours at a time, eats raw meat with the same gusto as the French, uses butter liberally, has almost no idea what olive oil is, takes pride in dishes that use the most unappealing parts an animal has to…