Sock Juice: The Great Escape
Piedmonte

I left for a week in Piedmont with high gastronomic hopes.  I still recall some of the magnificent food I ate last time I was there (which was over a decade ago, in November, the beautiful and mysterious time of fogs and white truffles).  It wasn’t just the truffles, though.  I adored the Italian respect for raw materials, and the way Italian chefs were prepared to serve a beautifully grown, simply prepared vegetable as a course on its own. Read More >

One the Wine Route – Tuscany, Piedmonte and Sicily
Peter Scudamore-Smith - Stories about Italy  France - May 12

I am constantly asked for recommendations on wine travel destinations, more so on the specifics to which I would need to become a fulltime travel agent and guide to make any headway or commercial sense. There is no doubt that the best way to fully understand the intricacies of wine and the concept of terroir, you need to travel the wine regions and it is strategic to have  close interaction with winemakers and professionals, which is generally not easy to achieve outside of the wine trade. Read More >