Wine Bars In Venice

Always one of the highlights of any trip to the Veneto--and the best ones are ones out of the way you either stumble upon, or have us show you.  This little one is actually one of our favorites and we’re glad to see it get mention; while it’s not easy to find, the hunting is well worth it.


Wine Dinner at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center

Another fantastic post from Signor Scicolone.

Charles Scicolone on Wine

IMG_5842 Louis Coluccio at Work

One of the things I enjoy most about the Italian wine dinners I host at The Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe, NY is the opportunity to work with my friend Louis Coluccio, the proprietor of A.L.C. Italian Grocery in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Louis prepares the delicious food and I match it with the right wine. For our most recent event, we discussed the food and I selected some of my favorite wines from Campania.

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Monte di Grazia Bianco IGT 2012, made from the following local grapes: Pepella has only a few large grapes on the bunch, the rest being the size of peppercorns, though they all ripen at the same time. Ginestra, the name comes from the yellow-green color, which is similar in color to the gorse flower. Bianca Tenera (Biancolella) a local white grape. The wine has hints of citrus with undertones of pear…

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Tavecchio case getting more and more inflated

What a jerk…arrivaderci, Tavecchio.

Italian Insight

After FIFA, even the EU invited the Italian Football Federation to carefully re-evaluate the presidential candidature of Mr Carlo Tavecchio after the latter complained that “former banana eaters” are allowed to play in Italian professional football.

Many football teams sitting in the Italian Federation Council already withdrew their support from Mr Tavecchio, whose bid however is not doomed yet.

It is speculated that the Italian National Olympic Committee could intervene by appointing a commissioner to provisionally head the Football Federation.

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Insights About The Scrovegni Chapel

A treasure in Padova; this video provides a great example of the sorts of insight Doug Sassi is able to offer about not just the well-worn tourist attractions in Rome, Florence, and Venice, but also the off the beaten path cultural treasures Italy has in small towns everywhere.

Our Home In Venice

One of the better parts of all the years spent with Doug Sassi in Italy is the friendships with restaurants and hotels we’ve developed–people that have a lifelong commitment to hospitality and sharing the best of Italy with strangers in a welcoming environment. This little video tribute to our friends at the Giorgione is just a thanks for how great they are to work with. They’re our “ace in the hole” in Venice, and we’ve never gone wrong sending folks there.

Cycling in Tuscany? We Can Help!

George Hincapie knows a thing or two about cycling in Europe, and I suspect his assessment–that one of the chief difficulties will be the constant temptation to stop for the view…or the food, or the wine, or the sights in the little towns–is entirely correct.

If you’re interested in biking your way around Italy, let us know and we’ll help you plan something (we have a couple avid cyclists on staff, as it happens, your author included).  Another good spot is the Euganean Hills in the Veneto–magical sites, sights, and did I mention wine stops?

Come ride with us.