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It’s ironic the Emmental Valley is one of Switzerland’s least visited regions. Not only does it possess some of the country’s most iconic landscape, it is the homeland of the famous and oft-imitated “Swiss cheese” as Emmental is called by so many of us. The region, and its famous cheese, are named after the Emme River and you can arrive here in…

  Hello Everyone! This is a long overdue update to let you know I am alive and well and living in Switzerland. I’m sorry I have not posted much since the big move from La Petraia, but alas I lost my muse. Petraia was the inspiration for so many of my posts and after leaving her I have needed some time to…

    07.07.15   menu     PRIMAIA 2012 fritto misto of fresh garden herbs, flowers and vegetables polenta crack with sangiovese gelatine and fresh sheep’s milk ricotta   ETERE 2014   focaccia with new blue potatoes, zucchini & their flowers, basil and yellow tomato farro monoccco, asparagus, chick peas, lovage, mint, buckwheat   UNO…

Spring. Its late and a little cool this year in Chianti but it has arrived.  And like every year it is a little overwhelming! We’re busy getting things ship shape, inside and out, after a long winter. Yesterday we welcomed the firsts guests of the season, for a farm tour and lunch. I’m sorry I…

  Hello everyone, Just a short post to announce how excited we are to be attending RAW, The Artisan Wine Fair in London, England this coming May 17th and 18th. RAW is the brain-child of THAT CRAZY FRENCH WOMAN, Isabelle Legeron MW and it’s a wine fair celebrating small artisan wine makers using natural farming techniques. We’re proud to be taking our Petraia wines…

A lot.  Our restaurant and guest rooms are closed this year but still we’ve been busy with wine tastings and the introduction of our long awaited red wine to the world.  Since we pair each of our wines with a small taste, I’m working every day in the kitchen. Then there is the vegetable garden, the vineyards…

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