Fortieth Birthday in Texas

Looking back on my recent trip to the United States, I am reminded that I spent 4 days in Texas, and one of them was particularly important. Fate (and my importer) decided that I would be spending May 24 — my 40th birthday — in Austin, where my good friend Jeremy Parzen aka Do Bianchi […]

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Residual Kid: the next big thing out of Austin

Are you hardcore rockers? Do you love the new North American alternative/noise movement? Are you looking for the new Sonic Youth? You’ll find it all in Austin, the indisputable music capital of the United States. And the next big thing to come out of Austin is going to be Residual Kid. What do they sound […]

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An interview with Wines.com, Austin TX, parts I & II

Parts I & II of an interview with Alex Andrawes, president and founder of Wines.com, Austin TX.

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Celebrating six years with Osteria da Primo, Burien (Seattle)

Above, from left: Chef Carlo Guida and Lindsay White, owners of Osteria da Primo, Chris Zimmerman of Vias Imports, and Paolo Cantele. It’s been six years since husband and wife team Carlo Guida (from Calabria) and Lindsay White (who met her husband 15 years ago while studying in Italy) opened their popular Osteria da Primo […]

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Cantele and Puglia in Tokyo at Ostuni

In this case, I’m talking about Ostuni in Tokyo, one of our clients… not Ostuni, the beloved “white city” found in the province of Brindisi (Puglia). For those who speak Japanese, you can find all the information at www.piacerebuonvino-ostuni.com. But here are some notes for the rest of you. Ostuni is a restaurant-wine bar that […]

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