Minchiareddi with Pesto Leccese

This is the first in a series of food posts devoted to my recent (and too brief) stay in Lecce. Minchiareddi with Pesto Leccese at Joyce in the historical center of Lecce. Pesto Leccese is made with argula (as opposed to basil) and is saltier and slightly more astringent than it’s more famous Genoese cousin. […]

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Origins of the name Salice Salentino

The appellation name Salice Salentino takes its name from the village of Salice Salentino, which lies at the center of the growing zone for this noble wine. The place name Salice Salentino (pronounced SAH-lee-cheh SAH-lehn-TEE-noh) stretches back to the early 1300s and beyond. The earliest documented mention dates back to 1310: clerici salicis, meaning priests […]

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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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North Carolina on my mind

From the fall winds to warm weather of North Carolina to the heat and humidity of Miami. As my trip wore on, I began to wear less clothes. I was worried that I would have trouble presenting the red wines as the weather got warmer. But I was wrong. Even in Miami Beach, alcohol and […]

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