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11 Oct

Coming back to Puglia

We all met under the arch of Porta Napoli, about to load up our luggage to head down to the castle for the week. I knew we had returning students but it wasn’t until I actually looked over their faces did I realise how many. Over...

2 Mar

Cooking in Italy: where Puglia ends

Cooking in Italy: where Puglia ends When we say here that we love Puglia, it isn't bragging, if only because no one here considers where we live as Puglia. Puglia is a place you visit if you live here in the Salento. Both are great, but...

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,...

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...

10 Oct

From Italy: a short film about wine

It is confusion over a wine label, that makes so many of us that love Italian wine stick with the same regions and brands for years at a time? If that is the case, here is a short film that will end a lot of the...

28 Jul

new short film: what is rosé?

There is a lot of great wine made here in the Salento but the one wine that the makes the region famous is of a decidedly rosier hue. See our new short-subject film about rosé wine! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzVfvKHXc_s[/embed] To send us an email - even if just to say...

3 May

The Birth of Our Extra Virgin

After years of refilling plastic water bottles with our own extra virgin for the students that wanted to take some home, we decided to begin to bottle our own oil. So how difficult of a process is that? Here is a short film about it: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lT9Ws88Azc[/embed]   To learn...

26 Apr

My FIAT 500

If you've been to the school - in Lecce or at the castle, then you already know, even, most likely, had your picture taken with her. Two minutes about love in Italy [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWCY0c4eZk0[/embed] We're about to add 4 new courses in 2017 but here is our currently published...