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Antonio's Italy 2013, Wine & Culinary Vacation

Beth Ribblett


Antonio’s Italy
July 20 – July 27, 2013 

Join Swirl Wine Bar & Market in July 2013 as Antonio Molesini, Italian Wine Specialist and native of Tuscany, takes us on a very special wine and cultural tour of his homeland. We’ll be living like locals, spending a week in a villa in Cortona and visiting Antonio’s favorite wineries, restaurants, hill towns and wine bars. With its centralized location, Cortona is the perfect base from which to explore both Umbria and Tuscany, allowing easy access to Umbria, Chianti, Florence, Lake Trasimeno and more.

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Antonio's Italy, A Wine and Cultural Tour of Tuscany

Beth Ribblett

Antonio’s Italy
July 16th-23rd, 2011

Join us in July 2011 as Antonio Molesini, Italian Wine Specialist and a native of Tuscany, takes us on a very special wine and cultural tour of his homeland.  We’ll be living like locals, spending a week in a villa in Cortona and visiting Antonio’s favorite wineries, restaurants, hill towns and wine bars. With its centralized location, Cortona is the perfect base from which to explore both Umbria and Tuscany, allowing easy access to Assisi, Montepulciano, Chianti, Montalcino, Florence, Lake Trasimeno and more.

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The Fig Report, Coming to Fruition....

Beth Ribblett

Today is the day, 365 days since Chiara Planeta gave me a small six inch cutting from their beautiful property in Sambuca di Sicilia.  The cutting, now a sapling, gave us a gift this week on its anniversary, a small fig.  Kerry says it's too young to bear fruit, but I can't bring myself to cut it off.

It is hard to believe it has been a year since that amazing trip, where everyone of us came away  knowing we were changed by it and we all had experienced something truly special by being in that place together at that particular time in our lives.  I am so happy to have our little fig tree as a constant reminder of all the wonderful experiences and memories from that magical journey across Sicilia.

Let The Feeding Frenzy Begin!

Beth Ribblett

We're running around Chicago this weekend, in town to meet and taste with Marco de Grazie, one of our favorite Etna wine producers and importers. The event is on Monday so we have two days to pack in all of the food and wine stuff we want to do! We took a 6am flight out of New Orleans and hit the streets here around 11am. Our first stop? No trip to Chicago would be complete without eating a big deep dish, stuffed pizza! Getting up as early as we did we knew alcohol would put us under the table so we just dug in to fuel up for the rest of our adventure.

Needing another type of fuel, we stopped at the Lavazza Cafe for a double espresso, trying to pretend we were standing at a bar in Italy. As you can see by Kerry's expression, it didn't work...

We spent the rest of the day doing "research" and checking out different bars and shops:

From Binny's wine warehouse.....the "little Italy" section...

...to Pastoral Wine and Cheese...more of our kind of place. The wines were organized by what type of cheese they would pair with. Great charcuterie, lots of local as well as international cheeses, olive bar, laid back, lots of atmosphere, no case stacks!

looked like a great place for lunch, but the pizza did us in, for quite a while....

Finally ready for a little beverage, we stopped at Pop's for Champagne. With over 100 champagnes on the menu, we were in heaven. But we needed something to take the chill off so we settled on a French 75 for me and a Glemet 1992 XO Grande Champagne cognac for Kerry.

Both delicious and warmed us up for the next stop. Kerry's pick this time....

The Clark Street Ale House which has tons of hand crafted American micro brews and over 40 types of whisky on the menu. We did 2 flites of 3 beers each, trying things that aren't available to us at home. What a shame they were pretty amazing...

Back to the hotel now for a quick nap and off to find some good ethnic food for dinner. I'll keep you "posted"!

Ciao!


Trust This Tip!

Beth Ribblett

Looking for the best coffee in NYC, the freshest fish in New Orleans, a great little hotel in Paris or simply a romantic spot to watch the sunset in Florence? A new edition to swirl and savor, T3 offers a weekly travel, food or wine related tip that you need to know about! Discovered during our travels, these are not paid endorsements but simply tried and true tips for inquisitive minds .

This Weeks Tip!
Tuscan Villa Casa Cornacchi – Nestled in the hills of Chianti, Casa Cornacchi is the perfect place to lose your self in Tuscan countryside. While a bit difficult to find, once you are there you will never want to leave! Located north east of Sienna it is an ideal spot from which to explore the Tuscan hill towns or to simply relax in the impeccably restored 16th century villa with the intoxicating views of the Ambra Valley. It is an amazingly beautiful place. Check it out at www.cornacchi.com