Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Italian Resolutions of 2016

Happy 2016 everyone!  Our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group have compiled a list of our Italian resolutions for 2016.  We'd love to hear yours so please share.  Maybe we can offer some insight if we've been there or have shared in the food or wines of particular regions.

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I'd love to say I'll be making it to Italy this year, but that is unlikely unless I receive a personal invitation for a wine event. Trust me, I would if I could. I'd love to explore more of southern Italy. I'll just have to live through Italy through my blog and sharing more stories and connecting with other amazing Italian bloggers. My resolution is to refocus my energy on keep pushing to become somewhat fluent in Italian and keep sharing with you unique Italian grapes of Italy.

After a year of so of taking a virtual tour of Italy by writing about the food and wine of Italy with #ItalianFWT, my wife and I have decided to take a real tour of Italy in 2016!   Our plan is to start in the north in the Lake Como village of Varenna, and wind our way south, ultimately ending up at the Amalfi Coast with stops in the Dolomites, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Siena, Orvieto, and of course Rome! It's time to get real!

Italy. I think I could spend a lifetime exploring her. I've made numerous trips to Italy staying anywhere from ten days to three weeks. My goal for 2016 is to spend at least two months in Italy. I also want to be free to stay longer if the stars line up and it seems like the right thing. To accomplish this I must rent out the condo I own and currently occupy. Viva Italia 2016! Wish me luck.

I love the fact that each city and region has it’s own culture, cuisine and customs. In all the years that I’ve been exploring Italy, however, I’ve never made it to Basilicata. It looks so different to the rest of Italy with almost a Greek feel in places I’m told, so my number one resolution for 2016 is to check it out the trulli houses of Alberobello, the baroque architecture of Lecce and the caves of Matera. Basilicata here I come!

Resolutions can be fun, right?  My 2016 resolution is to try Nebbiolo from every region I can find it. Italy: Barbaresco, Barolo (of course), Roero, Gattinara, Chiavennasca, and farther afield in Sonoma, Paso Robles, and yes, even Oregon!

I would love to spend more time in the Southern Italian regions. I have yet to visit Calabria or Puglia. They're on my list for 2016. I also look forward to becoming even more acquainted with some of Italy's lesser known wine regions. 

I am looking forward to traveling back to Italy in 2016 to visit more wine regions, meet more boutique wine makers and explore more Italian wines while I continue to broaden my appreciate of the "Italian Art of Living”.

This year I want to head south again, this time to Calabria, to explore the area and take a cooking class while we're there.  

My Italian resolution for 2016 is to travel to Bologna to savour the delicacies of Emilia Romagna. I also want to focus on learning Italian well and I hope to do that in 2016.


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