Provence

Picture-perfect Provence, with wine

Our trip to Provence last summer was filled with times that Tom and I will always remember, times worthy of capture in a photograph—what...
Rome Countryside

A long weekend in the Rome countryside

Rome is such a draw, such an over-achiever, that many travelers never see some of Italy’s finest historical treasures in the nearby rolling hills...
Essência do Vinho, Porto

It’s February–Let’s celebrate Portuguese wine!

It’s February, and time to celebrate Portuguese wine! Essência do Vinho, the country’s most important wine fair, has just concluded in Porto. Simplesmente Vinho,...
Lisboa wine country

Touring Portugal’s Lisboa wine country

A great pleasure in moving to Portugal has been our introduction to all manner of excellent wines: sparkling, red, wine and fortified. One of...
Lazio

Hospitality, Lazio style

“You must try fario!” our host exclaimed. “Brown trout love our Amiene River,” he continued, “and they thrive only in such pure waters as...
Penedès wine regions

Tasting wine and cava in Catalonia’s DO Penedès

“The more we care for the earth, the better our wine.”  —Bodegas Torres, Penedès Penedès is the largest of Catalonia’s eleven wine regions, stretching between Montserrat...
Flavor memories from Provence

11 food memories from Provence

My memories from Provence are vivid, and at least for now, all from summertime travels there. They are mostly memories of the Luberon, with...
Cavaillon melon

A Michelin star shines in Cavaillon, France

A vine-ripened Cavaillon melon is fragrant, intensely flavored and juicy, its high sugar content adding sweetness to the fruit's floral aroma. From mid-summer to...
Portuguese flavors

Sampling Portuguese flavors in the Douro Valley

A day that begins with a drive through Douro vineyards and a boat ride on the river is off to a fine start. And...
Tasting port with a view

Tasting port with a view

Our first house guests in Porto provided Tom and me with an always-welcomed opportunity for tasting port with a view. We took our guests...

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