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Tuscan Wine Picks

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One of the pleasures of visiting Tuscany is having the chance to drive the fertile hills of wine country, sampling reds and whites along the way. Most travelers really only think of Chianti, a mini-region within Tuscany, when thinking about… Tuscan Wine Picks

Gastronomic Tour of Emilia Romagna

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You can eat well just about anywhere in Italy. But Italians know that Italy’s culinary heart lies in Emilia-Romagna. Lasagna, tortellini, premium balsamic vinegar from Modena, Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, mortadella — all of these scrumptious items (and more) come from… Gastronomic Tour of Emilia Romagna

Fine Chocolates in Tuscany

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Just in time for the holidays, the NY Times has a great article about the fine chocolatiers in Tuscany. The article looks at several artisanal chocolate makers in the so-called “Chocolate Valley” (between Florence, Pisa, and Montecatini) including DeBondt, Roberto… Fine Chocolates in Tuscany

Slippery Business

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In the most recent New Yorker, Tom Mueller discusses the greasy business that has become the olive oil trade. Apparently, olive oil “fraud” is rampant, and tons of so-called “extra vergine” is made from “illegal importations of seed oil and cheap olive oil from outside the E.U.”

As the publication will likely archive this piece in the near future, I’m posting the full text after the jump. By the way, I wouldn’t have even come across this article had it not been for my coveted New Yorker subscription. I urge you to get one, too.Slippery Business