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FVG: White Merlot

This interesting little gem has traveled its way from Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) to get into my gullet!  A soft, full-bodied white, the Foffani White Merlot is an unusual and unique expression of the traditional Merlot grape.  Made by harvesting the grapes just as they reach maturity and allow Details

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March 6, 2013 4:09 am
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Sicily: Donnafugata Wines

Donnafugata has been making beautiful and expressive Sicilian wines for the last 160 years.  With cellars and estates born in Marsala, their Contessa Entellina vineyards in the heart of Western Sicily, and their hypnotizing production of Zibbibo Passito on the island of Pantelleria, DonnaFugata Details

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February 4, 2013 3:39 am
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Prosecco

Prosecco, Italy’s most famous sparkling wine, gets its name from its origin town of Prosecco in Friuli Venezia Giulia, although it is mostly cultivated in neighboring Veneto.  Confusingly, the grape used to create this lively libation is also named Prosecco, and must be present at a minimum of Details

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January 23, 2013 5:08 pm
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I’m back!

Escape Artists have been all over Italy for the past couple of months!   Sometimes, I have to research a particular province or region, which means I have to leave my husband at home, and travel to Italy.   I knew very little about Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) in the northeastern portion of It Details

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Italian Wine Grapes: Vitovska

Vitovska: this little known white grape hails from Friuli-Venezia Giulia (FVG) in northeast Italy.  Bordering countries Slovenia and Austria, this area is known for producing crisp, refreshing white wines and Vitovska is no exception.  As wine knows no national borders, Vitovska, also called Ga Details

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Italian Wine Grapes: Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a thin-skinned, dark blue grape native to northern Italy, specifically Piedmont.  Fruity, tannic, yet lightly concentrated in color, Nebbiolo is the only grape used to make the legendary Italian wines, Barolo and Barbaresco.  It has been documented as early as 1303, but ampelographe Details

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October 28, 2012 5:45 pm
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Roman Districts: Piazza del Popolo

Rome has many districts, all of which have their own personality and attractions.  The number of districts and neighborhoods in Rome differs depending on who is counting.  The Piazza del Popolo makes up part of the district known as the ‘Tridente”, along with the Spanish Steps, an Details

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Ostia Antica

The port city of Ostia Antica is just 20 miles outside of Rome.  The excavations of beautifully preserved ancient ruins are lesser known and generally overlooked by visitors.   Some say that Ostia Antica is “better than Pompeii”!

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The Seven Hills of Rome

Can you name the Seven Hills of Rome? Aventino Hill – where Remus lived Caelian Hill -where the Baths of Caracalla were built. Capitoline Hill – the smallest of the hills Esquiline Hill – the largest of the hills Palatine Hill – the central hill where Romulus lived Quir Details

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August 29, 2012 3:02 am
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Roman Neighborhoods: Trastevere

Go “Across the Tiber” to find one of the most ancient and distinctive neighborhoods in Rome.  The Trastevere is separated from central Rome by the Tiber River, and is one of the most authentic parts of the city.  A short distance from Campo de Fiori in Rome’s city center, you Details

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