Monthly Archives: April 2010

Vinitaly a brief encounter…

This’ll be fun, writing on behalf of Mark!  Let’s see how much I remember of what he told me!  This also gives me the excuse of not too many photos, Mark was busy so not too many opportunities to take pics! I wish I’d been able to go to Vinitaly too, but when I saw the car that Mark was travelling up in, I totally understood why I couldn’t go – unless I wanted to hitch a ride hanging onto the roof! Mark left the day before the exhibition opened and headed for Verona to help set up the stand...

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News just in … Red wine starts off GREEN!

You can tell when spring has finally sprung when you take a look at the new growth on the freshly pruned vines in the countryside around Montefalco. The green is all around you, in the new cereals growing in the fields, the new growth on the trees – that lovely unmistakeable spring green! By this time of year the wine makers have pruned their vines carefully to allow maximum exposure for their chosen selection of grapes.  With the Montefalco Rosso and Montefalco Sagrantino there are many rules to adhere to and the growers can only harvest a certain weight of...

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Gorgeous Chocolate and Pear Tart – Crostata di Pere a cioccolato

Ok, I make this and one or two other desserts – and no more – desserts aren’t my ‘thang’.   However, Mark will beg to differ!  It’s just sleight of hand!  He thinks I can cook anything!  Give me something savoury and I’ll agree with him!  Desserts are another animal entirely….  This is messy, but easy!  (messy as in it uses just about every bowl you have in the kitchen!)  The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t have to be precise for it to work! You want more chocolate?  You just go ahead! Chocolate Pastry 55g (2oz) unsalted butter...

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