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Out of troubled times comes new ideas. Read more below. We’ve started a magazine. Well, not a magazine but something bigger than a blog but smaller than a newspaper. Somewhere in between. What makes this stand out though is that all of this is focused on you and how to help you get the most …
Strange times here in Italy. Firstly, we’re fine. Everyone we know is fine. Yes, it’s odd to no longer kiss socially and that everyone needs to work and study from home for a few weeks but like most things in the post-social media age, there is a lot of reactionary panic that isn’t very helpful. …
‘The twins will need to be fed and in bed by 7 pm, 8 at the latest’, said Saskia upon arrival, ‘and they really don’t like to nap’. ‘Of course’, I said, trying to hide two tremors of culture shock in one sentence, of the difference between Northern and Southern Europe mealtimes, and as a …
Yoga and the Mediterranean Diet Course ‘So how much of each’, asked Kamal over lunch at the school in Lecce. ‘I think yoga in the day time and cooking and learning about wine at night’. We scratched it out onto the school’s chalkboard, the course taking shape long before lunch was even over. Balance: Yoga …
‘Like I know my pockets’, is how you say it in Italian, to express the English-language concept of, ‘like the back of my hand’. That’s how I feel about Salice Salentino after picking, pressing, drinking and teaching it for the last 15 years. It’s what I put as ‘blood type’, should anyone be foolish enough …

Etna Rosso Vineyards Italy

They usually change the subject when you ask. Akin to asking fishermen about those lost at sea or smokers about their own health, viners on Etna don’t like to talk about it. With the recent eruptions, it’s easy to understand why. I’m up Etna several times a year and it remains my favourite wine region, …

Wines of Marsala

You might think that I’m about to make the argument in favour of Marsala, but I’m not. Instead I’m going to sing the praises of the wines of Marsala. And if you think that you don’t understand the difference between the two- well then, great, you’re already ahead of the game. Marsala- on the Western …
  NB: A Winter of Wine. This is the first of a 9 part series about the wines of Southern Italy. Much of the information that follows is taken from our upcoming television series on Southern Italian wine. If you’re interested in becoming a beta tester for the new series join our Southern Italian wine Facebook …
It happens all the time, just lately it has been more pronounced, and particularly in the last five weeks of classes. By that I mean, those that are using one of our cooking courses as the springboard to the Italian south, even visiting distant relatives. And those without a common language. ‘I know this is …
Lately, it’s impossible to ignore, the sense that Southern Italy is not only about to have its moment, but that in many ways, it already is. Half of Lecce is under restoration: our prettiest church, the column that used to mark the end of the Appian way. The old hospital. Scaffolding hides much of the …