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Earthquake in central Italy, 6.2 magnitude. Our hearts and prayers go out to our Italian sisters and brothers...

Above: a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early this morning (image via the United States Geological Survey website).

Across social media this morning, I’ve been reading accounts of this morning’s devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Italy, which occurred at 3:36 a.m. 268 more words

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Happy Ferragosto! See you next week...

Taking a break this week for some serious downtime with family.

Buon Ferragosto a tutti! Happy Ferragosto, everyone!

(In case you’re wondering what Ferragosto is, … 27 more words

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Wine & Spirits features 3 Houstonians (and I'm one of them)

What a thrill for me to be included among the “50 masters of place” in the current issue of Wine & Spirits magazine!

But it was an even greater thrill for me to learn that I was just one of three Houstonians whose expertise was featured in the book (as they say in magazine publishing parlance). 161 more words

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Natural wine group VinNatur releases controversial farming and production guidelines (English-language version)

Above: Angiolino Maule, right, founder of the VinNatur association for natural wine and one of the world’s leading advocates for pesticide-free wines (photo by Alfonso Cevola… 432 more words

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Natural wine grows (up) in Texas (and Franciacorta in Portland, Oregon Sept. 12)

SAVE THE DATE: Franciacorta Real Story tasting in Portland, Oregon at Nostrana, Monday, September 12. Click here for more details.

Above: I’ve followed Lewis Dickson’s wines for many years now. 637 more words

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Italy mourns the loss of sommelier Davide Oltolini, 48, beloved food and wine critic

Above: Italian sommelier and critic Davide Oltolini in a photo dated August 2012 (via his Facebook page). Many Italians knew him as a frequent guest on “Uno Mattina in Famiglia,” a news and entertainment program produced by RAI 1. 251 more words

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