Archives: July 2013

Patio Wine Tasting

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Sunday, July 21, 3pm – 5 pm at Girasole
Hosted by Katie Dorazio representing boutique Italian vintners
Cost: $35 per person Featuring light anitipasti and the following wines:

Cleto Chiarli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena N/V
Alois Lageder, Muller Thurgau 2011
Tentae Lageder, Pinot Grigio Porer Biodynamic 2011
Aia Vecchia, Vermentino 2012
Tascante, Buonora 2012
Tenuta Sant Antonio Scaia Bianco 2012
Tenuta Sant Antonio Scaia Rosso 2011
Badia Coltibuono, Chianti Classico Organic 2009
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2009
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010
Boroli, Barolo 2007
Aia Vecchia, Lagone 2010
Tenuta Sant Antonio, Valpolicella Ripasso Monti Garbi 2010
Aia Vecchia, Sorugo 2008
Badia Coltibuono, Vin Santo Organic 2006

Fall Trip to Sicily

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Travel to Sicily and you’ll be taken back in time to the beginning of the Greek empire. In a small group setting, you’ll learn about how the land was settled by the Greeks and then inhabited by the Corinthians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, and Spaniards before it became part of Italy.

As a small group, we’ll discover the island for ourselves through its food, architecture, culture, history, and people. The ten-day journey will begin in the capital city of Palermo along the western coast of the island. We are introduced to the Island of Sicily as we travel the small, winding streets of the bustling city exploring the open-air food, clothing, and spice markets. We travel along the coast, stopping in the port town of Trapani, an ancient city that has been vital to the island’s salt trade and tuna fishing industries. Then, we travel to Erice, Siracusa, and Agrigento where we see ancient Greek temples comparable to those in Athens. Our journey continues onto the towns of Noto, known for its gelato, and Taormina, next to the snowy slopes of Mt. Etna.

Our accommodations each night are at an Italian country home, referred to by Italians as an agriturismo, where we enjoy home cooked meals, comfortable furnishings, and the companionship of our Italian hosts and guides. Reserve your spot soon for our upcoming trip. We will depart on October 21st and return on November 1st. The cost of the trip, excluding airfare and taxes, is $3,200. Visit for complete information and the itinerary. Call Lydia Patierno at 540.253.5501 to make your reservation.

Buon Viaggio!