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Buon San Valentino..

Posted in Caro Diario.(dear diary..), history of foods, Holidays, special occasions, Todi, Travel & customs, Tuscan, Umbria, and wine


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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I am on this ‘kick’ for everything ‘better half’ has even  told me I am out of control …ever since he took me to visit the town of San Valentino..the cathedral of San Valentino..maybe his spirit is still with me..but it is such a beautiful story of how this day dates back to San Valentino and the romantic story of  how he married lovers even though it was forbidden and ultimately went to his death because of it..ahh amore…I can hear the words uttered in Italian.

When in Italy,always tell an Italian you are doing whatever you are doing for love…and they will utter the words..”ahh amore” will be so admired for yielding to love…

Oh well, let me snap out of my romantic banter and get back to the wine for Valentine’s Day dinner. The first wine  Iwould recommend is a wine that says it all and is great especially for soemone that you have just met but really want to get the message across..

Baciamisubito 2007 the name ‘baci mi subito’ means’ kiss me fast’ in Italian. Nothing is better to get the message across with this bottle of wine. It is a Barbera taht immediately leaves a sweet kiss of flavor on the lips. The hint of blackberry makes it a perfect pair for a dish with meat, or aged cheeses. It’s fruity taste is balanced and every taste is just  as good as the first.

More wines to come..

Join me this Sunday at 2 PM in Jenkintown, Pa at Whole Foods Market, 1575 Fairway fora book signing and to follow a Valentine’s Day 4 course authentic Italian cooking class from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking School in Orvieto, Italy. Book signing is open to the public. To register for the cooking class email us at

or call the store at 215-481-0800

Join me at The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm cooking school in Orvieto, Italy for a special 7 day program and stay that includes a stay at a villa, castle or farm resort in the hills of Umbria, right outside of Tuscany. Enjoy cooking classes using fresh local produce, tours of local vineyards and olive oil mills, sightseeing at some of the most unique spots in the area.. Dates are Sept 13-19. Places are limited. To register or for more info email us at

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Mangia Bene,Vivi Bene


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