As is well known around here, we’re huge fans of the WineTwoFive podcast because it gives you a look at the inquisitive, geeky side of wine culture without all the huffery and snootery that much of serious wineblogging and wine social-media’ing is known for. It’s informative without being snobby, entertaining without missing what really matters to wine drinkers.
Lucky for us, I got to appear on the podcast this week, talking about the importance of wine travel, getting outside our touristy comfort zones, and digging into the *real* Italy and the wonderful wine culture you can find off the beaten path. Give it a listen!
Burano’s slightly less traveled sister island is Mazzorbo. It’s a lovely, quiet little sleeper you pass by on the vaporetto on the way to see the painted gems of Burano. We can think of no better place to buy a quiet little estate when you win the lottery.
When in Venice, one of the tricks to getting the “real deal” cuisine is getting away from the touristy areas and eating as the locals do. Which means skip the shady pizza joints and “menu turistico” places with hawkers begging you to look at the menu as soon as you get off the boat, and dig into the city to find out where the locals are noshing.
You’ll find some amazing treats at bacaro type establishments pouring spritzes and serving up cicchetti that are just to die for. We’ll show you where! Make sure you click to enlarge.
Don’t sweat it if you don’t follow the Italian narration in this video exposition of the magical little town that is Montelupo Albese–the pictures and video clips speak for themselves. A picturesque village on a hilltop between equally picturesque Rodello and Diano D’Alba, Montelupo has some of the best views of the eastern side of the hills that make up Barolo country. We love it there, and you’ll see why when you watch.