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Happy Mother’s Day!
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Happy Mother’s Day!

In Italian you say, di mamma, ce n’è una sola. Literally, it means, “there’s just one mother.” But it is understood to mean, “everyone has just one mother.” In other words, be thankful for that one loving and lovely mother who brought you into this world. Winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini’s mother Francesca (above) was recently … Continue reading

The festival of Our Lady of Perpetual Help begins tomorrow (major events on May 8)
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The festival of Our Lady of Perpetual Help begins tomorrow (major events on May 8)

Above: Montalcino township as seen from the historical center of the village in a recent photo at dawn. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the celebration of the patron matron saint of Montalcino, the Festival of Our Lady of Perpetual Hope (or Succour). While the festival technically began late last month, the events really start tomorrow … Continue reading

Taverna dei Barbi: A classic Montalcino restaurant and beloved standby
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Taverna dei Barbi: A classic Montalcino restaurant and beloved standby

The Taverna dei Barbi (The Barbi Tavern) is a classic Tuscan restaurant specialized in Montalcino cuisine. It stands on the estate adjacent to the tasting room, wine cellar, and winery, just as it has for generations. And like its classic Tuscan farmhouse look and feel (unchanged since it was first opened), the cuisine remains true … Continue reading