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Olive Oil, Nature’s Perfection

If there was ever a tried and true natural product that has stood the test of time, it would be olive oil. There is evidence to suggest that olives have been cultivated as far back as 5000 B.C. The olive tree does not start producing olives for 8 years, and even then the olives can’t be used. It’s not until the age of at least 15 years that a worthwhile crop is produced. Olive trees, once established, are very hardy, resistant to drought and disease and can live a very long life, some more than 2000 years old. Olive oil has traditionally been used for cooking, in medicine, and in…

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Wine Wednesdays: Beginning December 4

As if there wasn’t enough to love about Wednesdays to start with, beginning in December we celebrate the fine art of getting a jump on the weekend by hosting a wine tasting on the first Wednesday of every month. On December 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Michael Horne with Dall’Uva Wines will be featuring dessert and special occasion…

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More from Cortona

Lovely morning (late) walk into town. The last blooms, Bepe picking olives, Pandora keeping watch, looks longingly down the path, eagerly awaiting her master’s return. Tennis anyone?…Cappuccino and pastry at my now favorite spot, Bar Caffe Signorelli!!

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Visit to Romeo

Photos from our visit to Romeo, a restaurant in the Vatican district featured in the November Bon Appetite Thanksgiving issue. Chef/ Owner Cristina Bowerman met us and sent us a complimentary glass of Proseco.

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Nicoletta’s home town of Cortona

Our first day in Nicoletta’s home town of Cortona. We are having our morning cappuccino at Bar Signorelli, named after the famous renaissance painter who was born here. We woke to a light fog drifting up from the Montepulciano Valley with bright sunshine promised behind it. Good weather for picking olives! Va bene!

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