Keeping the Centuries-Old Chianti Tradition at Dianella Estate in Vinci, Italy

When Francesco and Veronica Passerin d’Entreves took over Dianella Wine Estate in 2003, they started to apply the process of modernization in the vineyards and the cellar from the previous Billeri Family’s centuries old wine making facilities. In its history, they have seen success at the beginning of the 19th century when Dianella’s Chianti were…

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Revealing the Flavors of Malaysia at Court Delicati Restaurant in Rome, Italy

Malaysia is geographically separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo) and 878 islands. Peninsular Malaysia, where the capital Kuala Lumpur is located, shares a land border with Thailand while East Malaysia shares a land border with Brunei and Indonesia. For the rest, the country…

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Bistrot 64: A Japanese Chef’s Starred Kitchen in Rome, Italy

At No. 64, Via Guglielmo Calderini in Rome, the door of Bistrot 64 opens to a French-inspired lounge with dark wood, white grey-veined marble table tops and white walls. Minimally decorated and elegant, the subdued ambience keeps the diners’ attention focused on the food created by its chef and the impeccable service provided by Emanuele…

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The Roman Preview of the Merano Wine Festival on November 2019 in Merano, Italy

The weekend of the 14th and 15th September 2019 saw the fourth Roman preview of the 28th edition of the Merano Wine Festival held at the 19th century Acquario Romano in Rome.  The Merano Wine Festival will take place soon in Merano between 8 to 12 November 2019 and this year’s edition is dedicated to…

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Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano: Tasting The Chianti Classico From Their Newest Estate

There’s a 700-year story that the Frescobaldi Family has maintained in Tuscany which has a strong bond towards the world of wine. In the year 2017, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi acquired a new addition to their already substantial wine empire pegging the number to seven estates in Tuscany. Prior to the acquisition, they have been managing…

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Genuinely Good Lucanian Cuisine at Becco della Civetta in Castelmezzano

The drive through Basilicata Region opens up to a charming little surprise. Concealed in the Lucanian Dolomites at an altitude of around 1000 meters is the town of Castelmezzano, a peaceful jewel with a breathtaking landscape of the mountain ranges. Its undisturbed tranquility and resplendence has enchanted anyone who crosses its path. In fact, it…

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Dine and Cruise at Volga Volga Restaurant in Saint Petersburg, Russia

With a system of rivers and canals running through Saint Petersburg, seeing the city from the water allows a different perspective in observing the resplendence of the metropolis. There are the usual boat tours that can be taken along the water but what can really be fascinating is dining while cruising along Neva, the largest…

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Amaro Formidabile: The Award-Winning All-Natural Handmade Italian Bitter

Amaro Formidabile stands out from the rest of the amari for two reasons. It is made with all natural ingredients and done manually by its creator Armando Bomba. Unlike the other amari in the market, Amaro Formidabile is produced by cold maceration in grain alcohol of various botanical ingredients without any aid of additives, colorants,…

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Discovering Cantina Imperatori Viognier on a Vineyard Lunch with Chef Max Marioli

Chef Max Mariola, the Italian chef famous for his TV cooking program on Sky Gambero Rosso and Executive Chef of the Boscolo Group of Hotels in Italy and Europe, finds the optimum pairing for Cantina Imperatori Viognier IGP Lazio with his summer dishes. For starters, he prepared a fresh and tasty version of Panzanella, a…

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Dziaugsmas Restaurant in Vilnius: Lithuania’s Best Restaurant

Opened in 2017 and it immediately became the second best restaurant in Lithuania just a few months later. It then moved up to the first position for two years in a row, 2018 and 2019. And to underline this success, it is consistently fully-booked with a capacity of 64. That’s the phenomenon that Chef Martynas…

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Elements in Rome, Italy: Fusion Sushi by the Champion of Sushi Cup Portugal

Sushi as we come to know it to this present day has been made in Japan since the Edo Period, around 200 years ago. It has been around even much before with a different method of preparation wherein the fish is fermented with rice vinegar, rice and salt, while the rice is discarded afterwards and…

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Gorgona, The Wine of Hope by Frescobaldi and The Island Prisoners in Italy

On an early warm morning of the 20th of June 2019, our curious group of fifty people comprised of sommeliers, journalists and trade professionals in the wine sector boarded a chartered boat at the Italian port of Livorno. The group was led by Lamberto Frescobaldi, a 30th-generation Tuscan winemaker and the president of the Marchesi…

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Hamlet + Jacks in Saint Petersburg: A Taste of Modern Russian Gastronomy

One of the most promising young talents in modern Russian gastronomy, Chef Evgeny Vikentev, presents his innovational cuisine at Hamlet + Jacks Restaurant in Saint Petersburg. The restaurant that used to be an old jewelry workshop is located just a short distance from the luxurious DLT Department Store and the Hermitage Museum where it commands…

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Max Cekot Kitchen in Riga, Latvia: An Unforgettable Dining Experience

A meal at Max Cekot Kitchen leaves an indelible impression. From the minute you enter the main door until you stand up from the table in conclusion of your meal, everything is well thought out, focused on you as a guest and the food as the protagonist. Opened in September 2018 by Chef Patron Maksims…

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The Gourmet Kitchen of Chef’s Corner in Riga, Latvia

It’s not everyday that you find a hamburger that’s as succulent and delectable as Chef’s Corner does it and for sure it’s not everyday as well that you get to be served a burger with a pair of black rubber gloves to eat it with. It’s surprising at first but as you take your first…

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