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A Look At The Mafia’s Control On The Italian Food System (And What’s Being Done About It)

‘Leave the gun, take the cannoli’, the iconic quote from The Godfather reflecting the relationship between food and the Mafia that is a continuing reality in Italy. This blog explores the Mafia’s control of the food system in southern Italy, […]

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Sommelier Certification: How To Taste Wine Like A Pro

This is the first article in an original Epicure & Culture series, “Sommelier Certification,” where I will be documenting my experience obtaining a sommelier certification (as long as I pass) through the Sommelier Society of America. My goal is to […]

Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Delicious World Of Italian Wine

Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Delicious World Of Italian Wine

“Do you know what Italians do when they eat? They drink wine. Do you know what Italians do when they drink wine? They eat. It goes hand in hand.” We’re into the Italy portion of my sommelier certification course with […]

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Sommelier Certification: Exploring Spanish Wine From Sparkling Cavas To Elegant Rioja Reds

“Spain is a very small country that could fit nicely into Texas. That being said, it’s one of the most diverse in Europe, with different cultures, dialects, climates and, most important to us, cuisines.” Today’s sommelier certification course with the […]

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Sommelier Certification: Northern And Southern Rhone, Two Very Different Worlds

You may have heard of the Rhone Valley in France; however, if you’re thinking of this as one place serving similar wines you’d be very mistaken. This was the major focus of my previous sommelier certification course with the Sommelier […]