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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…

The biggest highlight of our trip was seeing so many real cows with horns grazing contentedly in their high summer pastures.  Cows, essential creatures for the perfect implementation of  biodynamic agriculture have long been a fascination for us.   This photo essay by Michael gives credence to the majesty of these beautiful beasts and also perhaps a glimpse…

At La Petraia, our menus are based entirely on what the property provides us.   The list is staggering and includes our  fruit, vegetables, wine,  meat, game, honey, milk, nuts, cheese, olives, vinegars and even some of our own grain. We forage for a wide variety of wild nuts, berries, herbs, mushrooms and seeds while…

    Dear Friends,   This week at Petraia we enjoyed the last guests of the 2013 season, and as our year draws to a close it’s time for our annual update.  Just like every other year we were blessed with interesting and appreciative guests and again were fortunate to welcome so many of you back.  Thanks to…

We’re busy at Petraia as high summer starts easing into fall.  I’m sorry I don’t have much time these days to post but here is a quick overview of what we are up to in the kitchen and in the vegetable garden. 1.  Tomatoes are starting to come in strong.  I haven’t yet had time…

A night off in the restaruant, early summer.  So much good food to eat in our garden right now.  I love this time of year.  The peas have just finished but the green and purple beans are starting.  So are the zucchini.  Soon there will be cucumbers and tomatoes, fresh chick peas and zolfini beans…

What I feared might happen when I started this blog has, indeed, happened.  Our season has begun and I have not been able to find the time to write.  It’s a pity really, as there is so much to write about.  But spring is over a month late this year and there is an enourmous…

   A Gratin of Cheese and Potatoes from the Aravis Massif Once again, we are in the French Alps.  The Aravis massif is an impressive chain of mountains situated between Annecy and the elegant ski resort of Megeve. Forming part of the eastern border of the departemant of Haute Savoie this is part of the area…

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