Pros and cons of living in Rome? Con: Post Office. Pro: Wine. But wine alone can only take you so far, which is why wine pairings are so important. Honestly, though, I don’t know the first thing about pairing wine with food. I know what wine I like, I know what food I like, but […]
Vino! Litro – 2 Euro! Finding a local vino sfuso shop was an epiphany. I was living in San Lorenzo, Rome’s concentrated student quarter, so such shops were not difficult to come by. You could bring your own bottle, or opt for a plastic container on site and then select your desired vintage from a […]
Tasca d’Almerita, a Sicilian producer, was just named Italian Winery of the Year in the 2012 edition of Vini d’Italia. Not only do they make great wine, they have someone who is great with social media and made a spot that is going viral on youtube. Does anyone else want to go to Sicily right […]
Data came out today showing that the 2010-2011 harvest put Italy ahead of France as the world’s largest wine producer. I wish that I had a bike so I could celebrate by buying this sweet bicycle wine rack. But I don’t have a death wish, and thus have very little interest in attempting to cycle […]
I’ll admit that I’ve broken plenty of corks. But I’ve never broken the corkscrew: I was momentarily stumped. Luckily, I remembered I bought a pair of pliers at Ikea! (I know, I know I swore I would never go back there). In Italian, “corkscrew” is cavatappi. Cavatappi is one of my favorite Italian words because […]
Today, I managed an all-Italian purchase. No English. No gesturing. Just straight up cake-ordering at the local pasticceria. Feeling emboldened with my mastery of simple vocabulary, I decided to venture into a funny wine shop I noticed open up across the street from the bakery. I was buying the cake to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, […]
Rain has returned to Rome, just in time for All Saints Day. It’s first time I’ve experienced thunder and lightening in my new home. It also marks the inaugural first broken glass: Crash.