Category: Italy

In Search of Warmth…..and Food!!!!

Back from Palm Beach / Miami and I’m missing the warmth – – the count down is definitely on for spring.   After getting my south Florida fix, I found myself in a Capri state of mind, which took me back to my last visit to this isle of luxury and beauty.  It’s no secret but,

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Silversea – Bolgheri via Livorno (Tenuta Argentiera) – Day 4

Before leaving Washington for Monaco, I did a little “research” and tasted several under $50.00 bottles of wine from Bolgheri.  One particular wine captivated me with its seductive nature, perfect balance and overall elegance – – Argentiera.  It was the 2007 bottling that absolutely floored me.  When Argentiera was confirmed as part of our excursion

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Silversea – Florence via Livorno – Day 3

April 19th After arriving in Livorno and receiving the proper clearance from the port authority we  immediately headed to Florence.  We decided the  “Florence on your own”  excursion would work best this trip which was ideal for my return to one of my favorite spots – Ristorante Dino. It was the summer of 2003 when

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Silversea – Grand Hotel Miramare via Genoa, Italy – Day 2

April 18th After a great start in Monaco we were off to Portofino, well almost.  Due to new regulations, ships are now required to dock two miles off shore which made it impossible to dock in Portofino.  The plan was to dock in Portofino, head over to Santa Margherita for lunch and then have a

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Michele Satta’s 2004 I Castagni – A Treat Worthy of a Repeat!!!

There I was Monday, 3/26 as I passed this bottle several times trying to find a reason to justify the purchase and consumption.  Out of context, this would be seen as compulsive and down right hedonistic, not to mention really expensive but, I realized this was work and my palate deserved it – – need

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Lake Garda, c.’05

I’m near the water today in San Francisco and heading to Meadowood in Napa tomorrow.  The combination of the two reminded me of a life changing experience I had in Lake Garda.  My stay at Villa Fiordaliso was excellent.  Spending time in the kitchen with Chef Ricardo Camanini and sous Chef Laurent Paccini allowed for

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