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Authentic Italy: finding the rare white truffle in Piemonte with Mario and Rex the dog

Piemonte is the real Italy: fine food made from basic local ingrédients, beautiful rolling hills of vineyards and kind people who seem to have understood something about the simplicity of loving life. Bypassed by those on their way to Tuscany or the Riviera not far away, Piemonte is still largely undiscovered, charmingly rustic and authentic. It is the … Continue reading

The Médoc – is there an alternative to its Grand Cru Classés?

Famous for its elite châteaux classified in 1855, the Médoc is the source of some of the world’s most expensive wines. Yet this privileged peninsular to the North of Bordeaux is also home to a number of smaller often family-run properties that too benefit from its climate and its soils that are ideal for the … Continue reading

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading