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Antica Macelleria Falorni is the oldest butcher shop in Italy. In 1729 Gio Batta founded the Macelleria Falorni Butchers in Greve Italy. In 1840 the word Antica which means ancient was added and still hangs today. It’s in the Chianti region of Tuscany. Through the generations the techniques, recipes and “secrets” to the incredibly high-quality products...
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Wine tasting is just a great part of life. And going up to the Santa Ynez area is a great way to spend the day or a weekend tasting and enjoying the gorgeous countryside. Each time I go up there I take the time to explore a different series of wineries. There are many to...
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When one thinks about Rioja Alavesa, we think about red Rioja wine. And indeed this was true until recently. The Rioja region is one of the oldest and best known for wine in Spain. The earliest known record dates back to 873 A.D. In decades past, wines were designed to age long term 15 to...
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Florence Italy is a beautiful city filled with history, renaissance architecture, and rich culinary traditions. It was home to the Medici family whose influence you can see throughout the city in its art and architecture. The city is easy to walk around and you can lose yourself amongst the piazzas,  streets, and shops. Take a stroll along the Arno River...
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Riverbench Vineyard
As you wind your way down Foxen Canyon road aka the Foxen Wine Trail, you can’t help to think about the wonderful scenery that the road bisects. On either side ancient oak trees grow in pastures, some with grazing cattle others now planted with wonderful vines producing a host of fruit from Chardonnay to Pinot...
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Written by Malgorzata Rose Polish Easter traditions are a combination of old Slavic customs, regional traditions and most importantly, the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are many Polish Easter traditions connected with the cuisine that we will share with you. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday. Palm branches symbolize victory and triumph. In...
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San Sebastian (aka Donostia, in Basque) has become one of the culinary capitals of Spain. It has a rich turbulent early history which finally gave way in the later 1800s and became a summer resort for royalty and many other well-known figures. Also during this time, the phenomenon of Basque gastronomical societies (txoko in Basque)...
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By G. Stassi.  Santa Barbara is a stimulating environment that somehow manages to keep a cool, calm demeanor but there’s no denying that it is truly a cultural gem. It’s rich in art of every genre from culinary to viticulture; the visual and performing arts; education both classical and alternative.  For wine lovers, a number...
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By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer. For Labor Day, pack your corkscrew, some sun screen and head to Avila Beach, a picturesque getaway with a special draw for wine lovers. Sheltered in a cove between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific, it makes an ideal seaside hub for exploring nearby Edna Valley and...
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By G. Stassi. So every time this friend and I go on a road trip we end up somewhere very unusual but always seem to order and share a split of Qupe Syrah. Her itineraries are excellenct and adventurous and she’s obsessesd with dive bars — that’s what happens when you grow up too well...
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