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The Vendemmia

The fruits of our grape-picking labor during this year's vendemmia are transported to Cisternino's cooperative winery.

The fruits of our grape-picking labor during this year’s vendemmia are transported to Cisternino’s cooperative winery.

We’re getting ready for the olive harvest, but I’m still reeling from our previous harvest effort just a few weeks ago. While having dinner at a neighbor’s house, we found ourselves offering to help with their vendemmia, which was exploding all around us. So that’s what we did one morning in early October and it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’m still recovering. Read more

Puglia is for (Wine) Lovers

Late winter vineyard in Locorotondo in the Valle d'Itria.

Late winter vineyard in Locorotondo in the Valle d’Itria.

Wine is one of the many selling points that won us over early on in Puglia. The Pugliese love to tell you that this region produces more wine than any other in Italy, although much of it used to be trucked north to supplement thin vintages in Tuscany and beyond. But until relatively recently, its charms were simple, genuine and not always cellar worthy. Read more

Sunday Sugo in Martina Franca

Soffrito–the first step in making a memorable sugo di carne.

We don’t need a clock or a calendar in Martina Franca. Every day has a rhythm of its own, punctuated by any number of church bells and the ebb and flow of human activity down the street in Piazza Roma. The bells chime the hour first, followed by one, two or three bongs for the fifteen-minute intervals in between. Days are differentiated by the presence or absence of saints’ days and festivals. And through it all, an absolute, profound silence descends at midday—l’ora di pranzo or lunchtime—broken only by the tinkle of silverware encountering plates at tables everywhere. Read more

Susumaniello—Whisper When You Say It

Ad alberello or head-pruned grape vines in the Valle d’Itria.

Puglia’s young vintners are breathing new life into the Pugliese wine industry. While Puglia has always produced more wine than any other region in Italy, much of its sun-soaked reds made their way north under cover of night to beef up chianti and nebbiolo-based wines in northern Italy during thin years. Pugliese have also made routine, but clandestine appearances in Bordeaux and Burgundy for the same reason. Now, consistent with so many wonderful aspects of life here, the Pugliese have begun to value their contributions to the viticultural world and are reviving their own historical cantine and ancient vines to worldwide acclaim. Read more

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