Weekend in Tuscany: Part 2 – cooking competition & horse play
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Weekend in Tuscany: Part 2 – cooking competition & horse play

I finally got a chance to sit down, relax and write part two of my Tuscan adventure at Tenuta Lupinari in Valdambra, Tuscany. You can catch up on part one here if you haven’t read it yet. I left off at an appropriate point – cartoon characters in the town of Castelnuovo. After taking silly … Continue reading

Weekend in Tuscany: part 1 – show cooking and cartoon characters!
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Weekend in Tuscany: part 1 – show cooking and cartoon characters!

So many agriturismi in Tuscany, how does a girl to know which one to visit? If I had my way {and mind you, an infinite supply of money} I would visit them all as long as they met a few basic, very important qualities. Comfortable, rustic but not too rustic. Basically I don’t want to … Continue reading

Discovering Winetown 2012 – music, wine and beautiful scenery
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Discovering Winetown 2012 – music, wine and beautiful scenery

Winetown 2012 in Florence – two days of trying some of the best wines in Italy while listening to classical music or jazz, theater, strange “shows” and trying some delicious Tuscan products to boot. I had a chance to go on Friday and check out the festivities before meeting for a friend’s birthday. The participating … Continue reading

Chianti Classico Wine Festival 2012
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Chianti Classico Wine Festival 2012

Interpret what you may from the above photo but quite frankly, I couldn’t agree more. Aside from the double innuendos - Chianti Classico held their 42nd annual wine festival expo in Greve in Chianti this past weekend and we hopped in our car on Saturday to try a few wines (ok maybe a lot) and see … Continue reading

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September events in Florence and Tuscany 2012

September is always one of my favorite times of the year to be in Florence, mainly because the weather is starting to calm down and it’s nearing wine harvest season – always my favorite time of year ;). If you want a full list of events by the comune, check out this comprehensive PDF list … Continue reading

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Why you should visit Panzano (Chianti) in Tuscany

Saturday for us this weekend meant a trip to Panzano to meet some friends for lunch and a chance to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside. Surprisingly, neither of us had ever been. Apparently in Chianti the only places we deemed worthy of visiting were “cantine aperte” (open wine cellar day) and Greve in Chianti which … Continue reading

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Must-read: Tips for buying wine at the supermarket

I recently wrote about how to buy wine in a supermarket in Italy on http://www.insidersabroad.com ( a great all-about-Italy resource and English yellow pages directory for all of Italy) and I of course must share on my blog since wine is my non-animate best friend! I am sure my parents love all of the wine-related photos I … Continue reading