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Highlights from last week’s blogger and buyer trip
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Highlights from last week’s blogger and buyer trip

Heartfelt thanks to #TeamClassicMethod and to the fine folks at the Franciacorta consortium for making this such a wonderful and rewarding trip. Here are some highlights in no particular (or exclusive) order… Giulio Barzanò (center) at Mosnel. Super tasting with Mattia Vezzola at Bellavista. Stellar flight at Ronco Calino. Robiola risotto was superb at Lantieri … Continue reading

Thank you, Nostrana! Thank you, Portland, for a great tasting and evening!
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Thank you, Nostrana! Thank you, Portland, for a great tasting and evening!

Heartfelt thanks go out today to the wonderful team at Nostrana in Portland, Oregon, where I hosted a Franciacorta Real Story tasting and evening on Monday night. Chef and owner Cathy Whims created a Franciacorta-inspired tasting menu especially for the occasion and the restaurant served five Franciacorta wines by the glass. And wow, what an … Continue reading

Portland tasting Monday 9/12 expands to include dinner menu pairings
Franciacorta

Portland tasting Monday 9/12 expands to include dinner menu pairings

I mean, just look at this photo I lifted from the Nostrana Facebook this afternoon! What Italian enogastronome wouldn’t want to go to that restaurant???!!! That dude is wearing a t-shirt that says “I heart Teroldego!” I love it! Response to our Monday, September 12 Franciacorta Real Tasting at Nostrana in Portland, Oregon has been … Continue reading

The Telegraph recommends Brescia as a top undiscovered travel destination
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The Telegraph recommends Brescia as a top undiscovered travel destination

Above: The Capitolium of Brixia (Brescia), the largest Roman archeological site outside of Rome. What a thrill to discover that one of Britain’s daily newspapers, The Telegraph, has recommended Brescia as one of the “places in Italy you never thought to visit (but really should).” “It’s an ancient settlement with impressive Roman remains, Renaissance squares … Continue reading

Earthquake relief efforts: Here’s how to donate from the U.S.
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Earthquake relief efforts: Here’s how to donate from the U.S.

Ammado is the official micro-donation platform for the Italian Red Cross. Here’s the link for donations to the Italian Red Cross and earthquake relief efforts. Donations can be made using a credit card and don’t require an Italian social security number (Italian micro-donation channels require one). Here’s a link to information on what the International … Continue reading