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In The Vineyard at Le Chiuse di Montalcino: a Photo Essay

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 Sangiovese grapes in the vineyard at Le Chiuse

The focus of my recent trip of Italy was exploring Tuscany while getting to know more about the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino “vintage of the century.” While editing my photos I realized I should devote a post to images of grapes and vineyards, separate from the one where I get to know the differences in my Brunello di Montacino vintages.

Where To Eat in Chianti: La Cantinetta di Rignana

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The antipasto and Italian Rosé at La Catinetta di Rignana

Located about an hour’s drive outside of Florence, La Cantinetta di Rignana is the sort of place that inspires “I want to move to Tuscany” dreams. Arriving at this hard-to-find restaurant in the rolling hills of the Chianti region feels like being transported to the set of a Bertolucci movie.

Where to Eat in Melbourne, Australia: Cicciolina Restaurant and Back Bar, St. Kilda

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Cicciolina has a great lunch special: Pasta of the day + a glass of Wine for A$29.50

One of my favorite things about visiting St. Kilda is checking out the ever-changing restaurant scene. On my recent trip, I decided to try Cicciolina Restaurant and Back Bar. According to the restaurant’s own website, Cicciolina’s has been a “St. Kilda Institution since 1993.” Despite Cicciolina’s long running presence in the area, the restaurant was still new to me.