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Yoga and Cooking Classes, Italy
15 Feb

Our New Course: Yoga / Cucina / Vino

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...

Salice Salentino Wine: Wines of Puglia in South Eastern Italy
24 Jan

Salice Salentino Wine: Wines of Puglia region in South Eastern Italy

'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...

Souther Italian Wines
14 Dec

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,...

Wines of Southern Italy
28 Nov

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...

lente di ingrandemento: South Italy Survey
31 Oct

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...

Matera European Capital of Culture in 2019
17 Oct

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...

9 Jul

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...

Cooking School in Italy: Preserving the Preservation of Puglia
3 Apr

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...