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Gems, Grains and Bread

By at March 21, 2015 | 9:36 am | 1 Comments

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Agerola is often referred to as the ‘Bread Capitol’ of Campania, a dangerous prospect for me considering my tendency to loose any modicum of control in the face of carbohydrates of any sort. These typically local breads include Tarallo, a donut shaped bread with a cracker like consistency and Pane Duro, a hard bread that is rehydrated in a dunk of cold water before

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Vesuvius at Night

By at August 22, 2013 | 3:21 pm | 1 Comments

Vesuvius at Night

Nothing could prepare me for the strange experience of being on top of Mount Vesuvius at night. Of course it was not just any night, but August 10, an evening in which the sky was filled with shooting stars dedicated to Saint Lawrence, (La Notte di San Lorenzo). This unique cosmic configuration combined with the slumbering volcano made for an evening which can be

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Naples Weeklong Celebration of Wine

By at May 26, 2012 | 7:55 am | 0 Comment

In addition to the huge number of Maggio dei Monumenti events that have been going on throughout the month, as promised, last weekend proved to be a wine filled festival of events befitting of Bacchus himself. Actually, it was a weeklong celebration of wine that kicked off with the opening of Wine and the City at PAN Palazzo delle Arti on Tuesday May 15th. Now in

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The Wine Shop

By at February 13, 2012 | 7:50 pm | 0 Comment

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Every Thursday morning at 5 a.m. trucks come from Terzigno (a vineyard near Pompei) to drop off twenty-five 54-liter jugs of wine at the family-run Il Vignaiolo. Angelo has owned the shop for forty years. He and his son, Antonio, together sell elegant wines and provide a quaint reprieve for regulars who come and sip a cup of wine poured from spouts along the wall. Many

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Vitignoitalia 2011

By at June 1, 2011 | 4:24 pm | 0 Comment

From a common passion for wine, our project was born: we are a team of entrepreneurs and professionals from diverse backgrounds who believe in the culture of good Italian wine and in the wine business. Hamlet s.r.l www.vitignoitalia.it May 22nd through 24th brought the 7th edition of Vitignoitalia to Napoli. Three days devoted entirely to Italian wines and varietals,

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A Perfect Pairing

By at April 2, 2011 | 3:07 pm | 5 Comments

Thursday night we spent the evening in one of our favorite places in Chiaia, Antica Latteria 1950. A small trattoria tucked along one of Chiaia's narrow cobble stoned alleys, we have been frequenting Antica Latteria since we first moved down here from Posillipo. We probably eat dinner here at least once a week and it is my go to place to take friends and

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Fiano di Avellino: Changing Gears

By at March 9, 2011 | 2:41 pm | 0 Comment

By Joel Mack aka @vintrospective (Twitter) © 2010 Prelude The Audi pulls me through the gauzy grays and blues of a rainy New England winter afternoon meeting dusk, past white snow fields shattered by the interruption of bare trees. Fog creeps in across the low ground. We are changing gears, the Audi and I: it, from 1st, 2nd onto 3rd … me, winter toward

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Greco di Tufo and Old Times

By at August 24, 2010 | 3:11 pm | 0 Comment

By Joel Mack aka @vintrospective (Twitter) © 2010 She would simply wait. She knew that eventually you would need to take the stairs. Or use the bathroom. And then, she had you: nowhere to run. For an old school Napoletana, misbehaving children ran too fast in the open yard to be easily caught. But, she was an old school Napoletana with a strategy. When

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Making Scents: Aglianico in Campania

By at May 26, 2010 | 2:56 pm | 0 Comment

By Joel Mack aka @vintrospective (Twitter) © 2010 Before anything else, I should tell you this: certain of my olfactory reference points for the Aglianico varietal formed while working in old-school barber shops. It’s true: for twenty-five cents, I would shine the shoes of customers while they waited for a haircut. The upshot is that innumerable whiffs of shoe

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Naples Vitigno Italia 2010

By at May 20, 2010 | 5:54 pm | 0 Comment

A first-rate event in a stunning setting, even the rain and howling winds couldn’t dampen the spirits here. And oh how the spirits were flowing. Aglianico and Taurasi reds, Fiano and Falanghina whites, and crowd pleasing Grappas (at least for the crowd I went with). Who could ask for anything more. For its 6th annual edition, the Vitigno Italia Wine Trade Fair pulled

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