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What do weed flamer and grapevine yellows have in common?

Above: a weed flamer or weed torch. Increasingly, organic grape growers in Italy are using weed flamers for grass management between rows (image via BeleCasel.it… 502 more words

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A history of Montalcino that I'm translating into English, a new and cherished project

Above: I’ve always admired Stefano Cinelli Colombini’s writing and the “voice” that he has given to Montalcino and its wines.

Ever since I realized that I was never going to make a decent living by translating and writing about Italian poetry (one of the great passions of my intellectual life), I’ve tried to find ways to incorporate my academic interests into my work as a wine blogger for hire. 519 more words

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Franciacorta, you've come a long way, baby! Notes from my Franciacorta summer tour...

Above: my Franciacorta Real Story tasting in San Diego at Jaynes Gastropub was a blast.

Franciacorta has two things in common with Champagne: the classic method and two grape varieties. 218 more words

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Happy birthday Lila Jane!

Today you are two, sweet girl! Mommy, daddy, and sissy love you so much!

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At Osteria Francescana "Our cellar is not a museum where you kneel before this producer or that label." Contrast over harmony...

I really enjoyed translating this post today for my clients and friends at Bele Casel.

In it, Osteria Francescana wine director Giuseppe Palmieri (above) discusses his approach to wine pairing and his list at the Michelin three star, a restaurant considered by many to be the best in Italy right now. 146 more words

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A cult California I really liked and the best restaurant in Tijuana

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to taste Franciacorta last week in California. I’ll be posting a report on all three tastings over on the Franciacorta Real Story blog later this week. 885 more words

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