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Artisans: The Venice Biennale enriches an already rich experience

On a whim, two years ago, I took a friend up on an offer to visit her in Venice, Italy over the summer. She was studying for a Masters in Art, a program through New York University, and rented an apartment in Dorsoduro. The Venice Biennale was happening during this summer, making the trip rich in contemporary international art as well as the centuries-old Renaissance and Venetian art for which the...

Artisans: Art in Winegrowing: Chad Melville's Samsara Wines

As southern Californians, we take advantage of our close proximity to lovely destinations with day trips as often as we can. Naturally, hitting up Santa Barbara county is a favorite jaunt and is beautiful no matter the season, but for me October and November are best. Driving through Buellton towards Lompoc on highway 246 in autumn, the setting is so idyllic it almost resembles a painted backdrop a...

Featured: Etty's Wine Pick: D. Ventura Viña do Burato 2010

D. Ventura is one of the foremost producers of Mencia in the region of Ribeira Sacra and this bottling is an absolute knockout. Super stylish and expressive, with great mineral depth, crystal clear purity, and immaculate freshness. Notes of earth and red cherry intermingle here and yield a wine that is just amazing. This is an incredible bargain considering what’s in the bottle, and is also...

Artisans: A Love Affair Begins With a Peach

I love a good farmers market. I love turning a city corner and seeing tables and tents set up, piled high with produce, breads, pastas, fruits, and meat. I can spend hours looking through the offerings, making rounds before purchasing, always leaving with a new artisanal cheese, a chicken, or a basket of vegetables. Often, I just leave with the ingredients I’ll need for dinner. Having spent so many...

Featured: Etty's Wine Pick: Folk Machine Pinot Noir 2009

This fragrant and light bodied Pinot Noir from California’s Central Coast drinks like a Bourgogne Rouge, nixing high alcohol, over-extraction, and sweet oak in favor of vivid acidity, pretty pomegranate flavors, and a bit of neutral oak for texture. Sourced from vineyards in Monterey County and Potter Valley, this is perfect everyday Pinot. Straightforward, varietally on point, and super...

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