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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, anywhere in the world. Etna has...

Souther Italian Wines

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 side of Sicily- and Mothya- or...

Wines of Southern Italy

Salice Salentino Wines – Southern Italian Wine

  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 group.  If you could taste only one...

lente di ingrandemento: South Italy Survey

il Mezzogiorno: A survey of Southern Italy

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 off topic but what can you tell...

Matera European Capital of Culture in 2019

City of Matera, European Capital of Culture in 2019

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 city, the hammering starts at 8...

Italian Cooking School Classes Calendar 2019

By now it’s something of a ritual, the glass jar containing the slurry of water and green tea leaves brewing in the sun of the school’s garden. It takes another day to actually chill that much volume, my tiny Italian refrigerator’s motor revving through the night. Come early July each year, I spend a day sipping 5 liters of cold green...

Puglia Apulia Films

Feature Films: Southern Italy Wine Filmmaking

Next October I’ll be up Etna, picking grapes. I get goose bumps every time I go to Sicily, just like you probably do when you come to Italy. 11 months after that I’ll be back in Puglia working the harvest here in Salice Salentino. And in those eleven months, I plan to write, shoot, mic, drone-pilot, edit and promote a...

Kitchen Knives_Italy Cooking School

Kitchen Knives

I have a friend that received a full scholarship to Oxford for correctly crediting as at that time, yet-to-be-authenticated Carvaggio. How did she do it when even all her professors were wrong? ‘It was simpler than his earlier works. Maturity seeks simplicity’, she said. That’s exactly my stance on kitchen knives. For me, the more I cook, the less the knives I use...

Cooking School in Italy: Preserving the Preservation of Puglia

Preserving (in) Puglia

I’ve never darned or mended anything in my life, with the exception of the odd button. I don’t see the value in changing my own motor oil. Anything beyond a spent light bulb at our Cooking School in Italy awaits Mauro our electrician. Even climbing onto a horse seems unnecessary nowadays, especially with car keys jingling in my pocket. But...