🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Susan Nelson🍷

🍷As you may know, wine and wine making was an essential enterprise in the Roman Empire. This week, we will visit Campania and Susan will introduce us to a winery that is reviving the ancient vines of Pompeii…

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🍷Mastroberardino Vineyards Cultivates the Ancient Vines of Pompeii 🍷

Photo Susan Nelson

Mastroberardino Winery (Photo Susan Nelson)

In 1996, Mastroberardino Vineyards in Campania was appointed by the archaeological superintendent of Pompeii to conduct extensive research in an on-site laboratory. The goal was to discover the original grape varietals and wine making techniques used in ancient Pompeii and explore their potential today. Continue reading

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales… with Orna O’Reilly 🍷

🍷Let’s visit a lesser known but quite appealing Strada del Vino in the Veneto with Orna. Her enticing photos and descriptions will have us all ready to head for the Colli Euganei!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Strada del Vino dei Colli Euganei

If you have ever driven, or gone by train, south from Venice towards Florence, you may have noticed the conical peaks that rise majestically from the plain just south of Padova. These are the Euganean Hills, a beautiful regional park of about 20,000 hectares.

Photo Orna O'Reilly

Colli Euganei – Photo Orna O’Reilly

The Euganean Hills are tranquil; slopes filled with oak and chestnut trees are sprinkled with cherry and almond blossom in springtime, while summer sees vines heavy with grapes ripe for picking. Autumn brings rich russet colours to the woodlands, followed by the harvesting of the olive crop. Winter is cold and mysteriously foggy, with vines bare and gnarled waiting for spring. Continue reading

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales with Puglia Wine School🍷

🍷Puglia Wine School was created from Ylenia Sambati and Michele Pasero’s love and passion for their home. Since they happen to be my partners in Puglia and since we have successfully collaborated on unique tours for almost 3 years, I can personally testify that a visit to Puglia Wine School is an absolutely fabulous, not-to-be-missed experience…

Let's Go to Italy Together!🍷The Puglia Wine School is located in historic and picturesque Piazza Plebiscito in Squinzano, in the northern Salento area (only a short distance between Lecce and Brindisi).

For many years Squinzano has been shipping wine to other Italian region of central and northern Italy, blending their wines with the robust, full bodied reds produced in this area.

This is where Ylenia Sambati and Michele Pasero of YLTOUR PR and Cook in Puglia, now host fabulous culinary, wine and olive oil tasting experiences.

Their tasting room is the first of its kind where you can experience both the most and least celebrated boutique producers in the area. Enjoy tasting and enjoying a wide selection of phenomenal local wines and olive oils accompanied, of course, with traditional foods made fresh right here at their cooking school.

Photo YLTOUR

Welcome to the Puglia Wine School!

I’m so thrilled to share their story and about the phenomenal Pugliese varietals which are finding their well-deserved place in the world of wine…

Since I have had the pleasure of visiting with tour guests, this Italian Wine Trail & Tale is a more in-depth interview, so pour yourself a glass of Negroamaro or Primitivo and let’s begin… Continue reading

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“Make Room for Daddy”

Father, Daddy, Dad, Papa, Pop…Sunday is HIS Day!

Photo - Victoria De Maio

Daddy’s Little Girl

“They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps.”

– Unknown

The dominant role and influence of the “father figure” throughout human history is undeniable.  But it’s the influence of our own father, as with our own mother, that is indelibly and forever impressed in our heart, isn’t it?

Since celebrating Mother’s Day became so successful, it seemed logical that having a national Father’s Day would be a natural and perfect complement, but getting it to be a permanent national holiday was no slam dunk!

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd is credited as being the “Mother of Father’s Day”.  Hearing of  Anna Jarvis’ success with Mother’s Day, in 1910 she initiated her campaign to celebrate Father’s Day in honor of her widower father, a Civil War vet, who raised six children single handed. She encouraged the local pastor to give a sermon honoring fathers and her efforts resulted in Washington State celebrating the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and hoped to make it official as he had with Mother’s Day in 1914, but was unsuccessful. Congress continued to resist and there were even efforts to eliminate both Mother’s and Father’s Day in favor of a Parents’ Day. The celebration sputtered until Dodd renewed her efforts and resumed promoting the celebration. She cleverly enlisted the support of trade groups that would benefit from a national holiday (e.g., companies that would make presents for fathers). There was some criticism that the efforts were for purely commercial purposes, but the trade groups persisted. However, it would still take several more decades to make it a permanent national holiday.

Photo by Victoria De Maio

Sweet memories of my Father…

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Sonora did live to see it signed into law in 1972 by President Richard Nixon and was honored as the founder of Father’s Day at the 1974 World’s Fair Expo in Spokane, WA and died four years later at the age of 96.

Today, Father’s Day, known as “International Men’s Day” in some countries, is celebrated on various dates all over the world. It is estimated that Americans spend over a billion dollars on Father’s Day gifts.

Why not take a real family vacation? Explore your roots together on a multi-generational trip.

Send Me a Postcard!Send Me a Postcard!

What is your fondest memory of your Father? Please share below…

 

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales with BeautifuLiguria🍷

🍷Let’s visit  the small region of Liguria with Anna and Emanuela of BeautifuLiguria and learn about the breathtaking vineyards hugging the cliffs and the people who harvest and proudly make local wines…

Let's Go to Italy Together!When you think of Italian wine, you think of the wines of Piedmont and Tuscany, you think of the rolling hills covered with vineyards and dotted with medieval castles and villages, you think to large wineries such as the “Cathedrals of Barolo”.

But here in Liguria is another story. Here every piece of land has been snatched from the rock and is buffeted by the wind of the sea, everything is uphill and everything is still made by hand, as it once was. Here they produce just a few bottles but I can reassure you that discovering the Ligurian wines is an unforgettable experience, not only for their particular taste but above all for the amazing beauty of vineyards, mostly overlooking the sea…

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Liguria Wine Trails – (Photo BeautifuLIguria)

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🍷Italian Wine Trails & Tales🍷

Let's Go to Italy Together!🍷 I love Italy. I love everything about it and that includes the wine. 🍷 

That’s why I’ve invited some fellow bloggers, who also happen to love Italy and be avid wine lovers, to tell us about one of their most memorable wine trail  experiences in Italy.

Photo Victoria De Maio

It could be a tale about a favorite visit to a winery or region, and, of course, about the wines that they enjoyed… Continue reading

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♥ My Homage to Laundry Day Italian Style ♥

♥ Indelible Memories: My Homage to Laundry Day Italian Style ♥ has been a long time coming! Hundreds of photos taken over several years from north to south…of laundry! And I predict there will be many more! Why? Read on…

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♥ One of the many things I miss about being in Italy, in addition to hearing church bells chiming and Italian conversation, walking by tempting gelaterie and stopping in for an espresso (usually brewed by a pretty good looking barista)…

♥ The list does go on and on but certainly when I see laundry hanging on drying racks and makeshift clothes lines on balconies, outside windows, across alleys and, well, just about anywhere, I know I’m in Italy!

Photo - Victoria De Maio

Why is something so seemingly ordinary and mundane so utterly irresistible and charming to me? I have to attribute it to my own indelible childhood memories and the fact that, not only do I absolutely know that I am in Italy but, it’s a tie to my roots and upbringing… Continue reading

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I Madonnari – Italian Street Painting in Santa Barbara

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This Memorial Day weekend an Italian tradition, I Madonnari, has been celebrated with a festival in front of the beautiful “queen of the missions” in Santa Barbara.

Read about this tradition, how it was revived and, if you can’t be here this year, enjoy some photos of this fun and festive event…

Photo Victoria De Maio

“Queen of the Missions”, Santa Barbara, California

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PostcardZ from Victoria is Pleased to Announce…

Victoria SightseeingI’m always looking for new ways to expand and improve my professional services in order to bring you more options and information.

That is exactly why I’m very excited to share the following with you… Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #10

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy 

with

Victoria!

Here’s #10 and it sums up all of them! The last and BEST reason of all…

 Let's Go to Italy Together!

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