Chasing the Golden Light of the Matterhorn

We awoke at sunrise and drew the heavy draperies to reveal the distant Matterhorn, glowing with the warmth of the rising sun.  The day was sparkling in its clarity and the

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)

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

Searching for the Mona Lisa and Wine at the Guicciardini Strozzi Vineyard

For over 1,000 years (since 994AD), the Strozzi and Guicciardini families have been influencing history while making their delicious Vernaccia (dry white wine) and 21 other

A Hearing Aid Goes to the Bottom of Lake Como

It was a moment of playful fun.  The June day was extremely hot making the glacial waters of Lake Como welcome.  The men in our family had decided to spend the day