Clan & Tartan: Researching Scottish Ancestry

Born of Scottish ancestors, we were eager to research the origins of ancient family members in Scotland.  Armed with just enough information to be dangerous we set about

Beauty of Scotland’s Links

You can’t help but to love the natural beauty of Scotland’s links courses.  As a non-golfer I thoroughly enjoyed walking the courses from a photographer’s

Vespa & Wine Above Lake Como

Occasionally, you stumble upon a real “gem” of a hotel.  For years, the Cappelletti family owned and operated Villa Belvedere in the village of Argegno (population 650)

Planning a Wine Trip to Northern and Central Italy

After several trips to Italy to celebrate a high school graduation, 40th birthday, honeymoon, and 50th wedding anniversary we decided it was time to visit Italy to slowly sip our

Guest Story: An Unforgettable Visit to Gavi di Gavi Ground Zero

One of the top priorities for my dad during the 25-day wine hunt through Lombardy, Piemont, Tuscany, and Emilia-Romagna was to journey into the Apennines mountains to visit the

On Omaha Beach in Normandy

In the early morning hours on June 6th more than 156,115 American, British, and Canadian troops stormed 50 miles of the Normandy coast.  The assault included 6,939 ships and

25-Day Itinerary: Italian Food & Wine Tour

Purpose: Cuisine & Culture  Stops Along the Way: Villages of Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany & Emilia-RomagnaDescription: Value-based trip (staying in 3-4 star

Guest Story: An Unforgettable Lunch at La Coccinella

People who know my husband marvel at his voracious appetite for delicious food.  Prior to departing the US for our Italian Wine Tour, he had inquired about places to eat

Guest Story: An Unforgettable Visit to Avignonesi & the Vin Santo Drying Racks

Established in the mid-16th century, Avignonesi is one of the oldest wineries in Italy and its history parallels the history of the Catholic Church. When Pope Gregory XI moved

A Day Exploring Montalcino Wine & Food

Luigi shows up promptly at 9AM to load us up for the 1-hour drive to Montalcino and our exploration of its wine. Brunello di Montalcino, by law, may only be made of 100%

A Day Exploring the Vineyards and Food of the Montepulciano Area

After breakfast, Luigi picked us up for the 10-minute drive to the Boscarelli Vineyard for our tour and tasting. Founded in 1962 by Egidio Corradi, when he purchased two

Popping the Cork Mario’s Cellar

For several days we had been winding through the narrow roads of the Italian Piedmont region, visiting the Barbaresco, Barbera, and Barolo vineyards in and around the villages