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Italy driving tips: beware the ZTL! The "zona traffico limitato" or "restricted traffic area"

Above: a typical “zona traffico limitato” or “restricted traffic area” sign in Montalcino (photo by my good friend Laura Gray of Il Palazzone, producer of Brunello di Montalcino). 760 more words

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Nature doesn't refine sugar. But refined sugar goes into your sparkling wine.

Earlier this month, a group of leading Italian wine writers sat down to taste a flight of nine wines, spanning 10 years, with my friends Nico Danesi, Andrea Rudelli, and Giovanni Arcari. 794 more words

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Two wineries from Soave that you'll want to taste

In logology, it’s called “multiple discovery,” the notion that distinct cultures often produce similar and nearly simultaneous scientific discoveries unknowingly and independently of one another. 504 more words

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Italy driving tips: speeding tickets, tolls, international driver's permit, Waze, DUIs, wi-fi, etc.

When you work in the wine trade like me, it’s almost impossible to avoid renting a car when you travel to Italy.

Italy’s big cities have fantastic public transportation. 778 more words

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Boccaccio's Marchioness of Monferrato, an ante litteram #MeToo icon

Above: A detail from John William Waterhouse’s “Decameron” (1916). In Boccaccio’s Decameron, young Florentines flee the Black Plague, taking refuge in the countryside and telling each other stories to pass the time. 349 more words

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Taste with Alicia Lini and me Wednesday @VinologyHouston

It seems like a lifetime ago… It was back in 2006, while I was still living and working in New York, that I helped to bring Alicia Lini’s wonderful Lambrusco to the U.S. 200 more words

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An editio princeps of Gallesio's Pomona! Enough to make me swoon...

Between libraries in the U.S., England, and Italy, there are roughly 10 extant copies of the first volume of Giorgio Gallesio’s Pomona italiana (Italian Pomology… 294 more words

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