Natura Bella e Copiosa


A sunlit, breezy August afternoon in what could be Umbria or Toscana brought back memories and reflections of wonderful days living in Italy.  Today, however, was a forty minute drive on Long Island to Greenport’s Raphael Winery with a tasting of Rose Pinot Noir and a blackberry-licorice laced Cabernet.    It was a day when Nature’s whispers calmed my soul and reminded me of Her Peace that surrounds us if we choose to look and feel Her warmth.

A ‘divine’ trattoria

A ‘divine’ trattoria

on via Guelfa in Florence is worth a visit. A friendly, unpretentious staff, an uncomplicated yet rich menu at affordable prices with a welcoming atmosphere help make one feel part of the Florence experience. Sometimes all you need is warmth, … Continue reading

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non manca il vino…

As harvest time begins over the hills of Rome, Tuscany and Umbria, Italian families begin collecting their wine casks for refilling.  Bold reds ~ delicate, crisp whites, slightly sweet prosecco ~ all varieties for all palates bless even the most modest Italian evening table.  This simple addition to a meal, with family around a table adds years to life and makes each moment just a bit more lively and enjoyable.Image