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Come pick olives in Italy, make our Extra Virgin!

A new film about our last cookery course dedicated to extra virgin olive oil. Way in the back of the warehouse was,'The wall of horrors', a strange collection of bottles and cans, floor to ceiling. Other than the fact that there was only one version of each brand, you could have easily mistaken the motley crew for the olive oil aisle...

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 to an olive tree, with the underground roots representing the largest part of the iceberg. It's...

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 refrain, that some of us are just more sensitive than others. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT7vq0A96-E[/embed] Wine has become an ever...

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,  tipping them not into space age, stainless steel pods, but a hand-turned wine press, out...

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. Make vincotto. Swim in the baron's pool twice a day. Our Bici/Cucina/Vino continues to be a...

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, share it with friends that really love Italy and be certain to check out our other...

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 to come. We're looking forward to having you in the kitchen and around the table...

Terronio Wine Course

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 not? First, that the south is the most dynamic part of Italy, paradoxically slow to change...

new films from Italy – all about kitchen knives

Here 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 is much to learn. For...

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 mystery of Italian wine. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jLCo29iRLE[/embed]   Write us at info@awaitingtable.com to  say hello. Click through to our calendar. Still space...