Category Archives: Various

Epicurus and the Good Life – Other than Hedonism


It never rains but it pours. So two posts in the same day. I came across this oldie-but-goodie article at The Economist’s 1843 site. Apart from explaining the injustice done to the memory of Epicurus, it also sets out salient … Continue reading

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Angelo Gaja Supports GMO Vines


Dear all, It’s been too long since I posted last. My daytime job has claimed almost all of my time, research for the updated version of the book on Italian wine that I co-author has tken the rest. That will … Continue reading

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GM vines and MWs


I just read this article on Decanter.com: http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/586880/french-mw-compares-gm-vines-to-weapons-of-mass-destruction Now, Olivier Humbrecht is certainly a gifted winemaker, but the comparison between genetically modified vines and weapons of mass destruction is simply stupid. As Per Karlsson of BK Wine put it when … Continue reading

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Radici del Sud 2014


Some of you may have noticed my love of the lovely Radici del Sud event. I am fond of the subject, indigenous Southern Italian grape varieties and wines, I am fond of the venue, I am fond of the food, … Continue reading

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Casa d’Antino – A Danish Future for Italian Cuisine


The whole world, and for certain all of Copenhagen, is mesmerized by the prodigious success of New Nordic Cuisine these days. For good reason, the cuisine is fabulous, and combines the most hyped trends in cooking right now: Locavorism, foraging, … Continue reading

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Marina Alaimo – Acino Ebbro – Interview


Yesterday’s radio transmission is now available as a podcast: http://www.radiosiani.com/webradio/trasmissioni/item/4956-ole-udsen-ad-acino-ebbro.html Warning: In Italian! Mine is not so good, but I hope I make myself understood. When you get to the page, click the “qui” in “Per ascoltare il podcast clicca … Continue reading

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Interview by Marina Alaimo


The lovely Marina Alaimo, broadcasting as “the drunken berry” – Acino Ebbro, has committed an interview with yours truly. You can hear it on Radio Siani, la Radio della Legalità, http://www.radiosiani.com, tonight at 19.00 hours onwards. Warning: The interview is … Continue reading

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