According to Paolo Rodaro, there are only four kinds of wine: red, white, good, or bad. If you taste a wine and think, “Hmmm…might be off.” and you taste again, and maybe a third time, Paolo thinks you are wasting time. You were right the first time, send the wine back. He uses real corks, dismissed screw tops as an abomination, politely listened to the virtues of glass caps and then changed the subject to sex. If you do not look a person in the eye when you clink glasses you will be condemned to seven years of bad sex! And so the conversation meandered during a lovely evening at the Enoteca Wine Club in Umbertide as we ate Antonella’s delicious food and tasted the wines from the Rodaro cantina.

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Slow Food Friuli Wine Tasting One of our last workshops at the Salone del Gusto was a tasting of wines from the Friuli region of Italy. Little did we know there was a rebel in the crowd and that passions were going to run very high.

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Apologies for the lag in blogging, it’s been a wild and crazy 2 weeks!  Visitors, dinners, classes, a story book wedding, and of course, the ogoing quest for the best pizza in Umbria. It will take me a few blog posts to catch up. You know it really is fall when the Montefalco Sagrantino festival…

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