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URGENT U.S. travelers alert: Italy now requires six months validity of passports

It’s with no small amount of urgency that I’m posting today because it was only yesterday that I learned that Italy now requires that U.S. passports be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure from the… 230 more words

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Dispatch from Fantasy Island and my favorite cicchetteria in Venice

Above: dinner last night at Lino Fritto, my new favorite cicchetteria in Venice.

How did I get here?

I awoke this morning at a… 430 more words

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We open in Venice, we next play Verona...

Tomorrow is the first day of my friend Adam Japko’s Design and Wine Tour Italy 2016.

And we literally open in Venice and next play Verona. 98 more words

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Italian growers spared frost as freezing temperatures arrive in France

Marco Tinello, my friend and one of the Veneto’s top sommeliers, has been posting stirring images from France this week on his Facebook.

The photo above is from… 330 more words

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Collio wines blew me away at Vinitaly... welcome to #WhiteWineNation

Above: wine writer Stefano Cosma, editor at Vini Buoni d’Italia (center) with Friuli president Debora Serracchiani (right) and Collio consortium president Roberto Princic (left).

What better way to start off a talk about the wines of Collio than an anecdote about a bat mitzvah? 536 more words

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Boston Globe, Tony's amazing Passover brisket, and dinosaurs for grandma

How is your Passover? Today, on the third day of the Passover, we ask not how was your Passover? but how is your Passover?

We don’t Kosher our house for Passover (and we don’t keep Kosher in general) but we do retell the story of the Exodus through our Passover seder on the first night of the festival. 391 more words

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All safe in Houston and thanks to everyone who came out for Franciacorta yesterday in NYC

Writing in a hurry this morning before heading out for another long day of tastings and business meetings but just wanted to give a shout-out and send thanks to everyone who came out for my Franciacorta seminar and tasting yesterday. 164 more words

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