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Donkey steaks, a great new wine from Berlucchi, and the best group I've ever led, period...

Posting on the fly this morning as we head out for our last day of tasting in Franciacorta with a group of writers and buyers I’ve been leading as part of my Franciacorta Real Story campaign for the Franciacorta consortium. 349 more words

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Franciacorta quickie highlights day 2...

Just some quickie photo highlights from my day in Franciacorta leading a group of American writers and buyers for my Franciacorta consortium gig.

Whenever I’m here, it always feels like I’m surrounded by sensual images ready to be gobbled up by my camera’s lens. 162 more words

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Whole lotta Franciacorta right there, folks! Our sparkling journey begins...

That’s legacy Franciacorta winemaker Riccardo Ricci-Curbastro (Ricci-Curbastro, far left) and Franciacorta consortium president and legacy winemaker Vittorio Moretti (Bellavista/Contadi Castaldi, far right) at the first tasting and cellar visit for team #ClassicMethod2016, a group I’m leading as part of my Franciacorta Real Story campaign for the Franciacorta consortium. 149 more words

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Oristano dreaming and missing my girls dearly as I head back to Franciacorta for the last time this year

Can’t stop thinking about this Oristano wine that we drank Saturday night with a U.S. importer of Italian wine in Houston.

It’s from a PDO that I’d never heard of: … 390 more words

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I loved Nostrana in Portland... thanks to everyone in Oregon who made my trip there so special.

What a thrill for me to discover the amazing Nostrana, chef and owner Cathy Whims’ Portland restaurant and expression of her passion for Italian cookery! 331 more words

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Stanko Radikon: mourning the loss of one of the world's greatest winemakers

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Radikon family…

Above: Stanko Radikon at the Radikon winery in Oslavia, Friuli. He is pointing to “hill 188.” 453 more words

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