Silvestro Salento

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the year aheadWhat’s new here in Puglia? For one, we’re starting our own YouTube-based show called Silvestro’s Olive Tree (We originally wanted to call it ‘Silvestro’s Iceberg’, the concept that the visible part of the iceberg is the smallest).  The social media response dictated that we switch it to an olive tree, with the underground roots representing […]Read more
wine tasting
how to taste wineCan you learn everything there is to know about blind tasting in 4 minutes? No, not even 4 years but I do hope to reveal what is behind the curtain a bit, to show that blind tasting is a learnable skill, versus the more common refrain, that some of us are just more sensitive than […]Read more
bread
advanced course for returning studentsThere are the courses that we teach and those that we wish we could teach all the time, and this is certainly the latter. We’re even more excited about the advanced course than the returning students. How to make wine. You’ll hand-pick and then press the grapes,  tipping them not into space age, stainless steel pods, […]Read more
natale2016
new courses in 2017We’re happiest when we’re trying to figure out something new. And towards that, each year we add a new course. Only that next year we’re actually adding four. Our Advanced Course for Returning Students. Pick grapes. Make wine. Bake bread in a wood-fired oven. Make vinegar. Make vincotto. Swim in the baron’s pool twice a […]Read more
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Cooking in Puglia – new short film from ItalyThere has been a sea change in how we consume information. And our new site will be reflecting that, starting with this tiny taste of what we do. And of course it will be in constant evolution as we film more courses. In the meantime, enjoy it, share it with friends that really love Italy and be […]Read more
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What to buy for Christmas this yearHow to do things this year: Send one email to us: ‘Register us. Here is our address’ Then we’ll send you one: ‘In 6 days you’ll receive our extra virgin to put under the tree, the card reading ‘Buon Natale dall’Italia!’ Write us to say when you’d like to come. We’re looking forward to having […]Read more
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12 Italian Wine SecretsI’m alone in the school this morning, pulling the non-Salentine wines from my personal cellar, lining up the bottles as I plan out the upcoming week dedicated to Southern Italian wine. So as a wine teacher, what do I know about Italian wine that you may not? First, that the south is the most dynamic […]Read more
pesce-al-cartoccio
new films from Italy – all about kitchen knivesHere at our cooking school in Italy, we’re experimenting with short-subject films  and have just completed a series of three about kitchen knives (all under 4 minutes). Enjoy them. Leave comments. Share them with your Italy-loving friends. We’re (well, me) are doing them all by ourselves, from audio, video, writing, presenting, editing and promoting. There […]Read more
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