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20 Nov

Coming Back

A check mark by the name means they have already been to the school once before, where as an underline means that they have been more than once, and there was a lot of blue ink on the page. We were boarding the private coach...

21 Mar

The Wine and Architecture of Puglia

The Wine and Architecture of Puglia - short film n. 3 Most of us would argue that the definition of a great wine is when it comes from a specific place, and that it couldn't from anyplace else. But is that true of culture, or just...

28 Dec

the year ahead

What'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...

16 Dec

how to taste wine

Can 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...

13 Dec

advanced course for returning students

There 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,...

13 Dec

new courses in 2017

We'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....

7 Dec

Cooking in Puglia – new short film from Italy

There 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. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMZ_EaP3gm8[/embed] And of course it will be in constant evolution as we film more courses. In the meantime, enjoy it,...

26 Nov

What to buy for Christmas this year

How 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...

22 Nov

12 Italian Wine Secrets

I'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...