Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Big Wine Adventure….. Continued…

WINE has been with us for thousands of years, and, fortunately, shows no signs of going away soon. But the way we drink and see wine has changed quite dramatically. A few hundred years ago, it wasn’t unusual for an English breakfast to consist of a lot of roast meat, washed down with a flagon of beer or a bottle or two of wine, imported from France or Portugal, depending on political relations (i.e., who we weren’t killing at the time) and the fashion at court. Yes, it does mean we were probably alcoholics, but it was also because at...

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Valle di Assisi – A dinner in elegant surroundings.

A different way of doing business…. Sometimes we are struck by the little differences we see living here in Italy as opposed to when we lived in England. The barter system is very much alive and living in rural Umbria.  The longer we live here, the more we see of this very sensible exchange. Nothing is perfect – as with all systems – the Italians seem to believe that all exchanges should result in a swap of goods, usually with the giver getting even more from the givee!  Unfortunately this seems to run to when actual gifts are given –...

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A wonderful Spring day for a Gusto Wine Tour!

A Great Gusto Day Out! We’d  been waiting for what seems like a life-time for some good weather, the winter seemed to be so long. We hoped and kept everything crossed…. and it worked!  Right at the end of February we had a gift of a day! We had a lovely day with Dylan, Carley, Lyn and Bruce and it always makes it so much better when the sun is out. We started at the lovely Cantina Di Filippo. Then we had a pretty drive through the gorgeous countryside towards Montefalco where we found ourselves at a truly family-run cantina,...

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