Vegas Uncorke’d 2014: A Fabulous Food and Wine Festival in Las Vegas Nevada

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Spend Mother’s Day Weekend  at Vegas Uncork’d in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WHEN: May 8-11, 2014

Tickets are available at:

http://vegasuncorked.com/

Here are the chefs:

http://vegasuncorked.com/chefs-personalities/

Put on by Bon Appétit magazine, Vegas Uncork’d brings foodies to Sin City to celebrate celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and mixologists. Restaurants, chefs, sommeliers converge for a long weekend of Culinary Artistry.

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Caesars Palace at 36.1161° -115.1732, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the schedule:

http://vegasuncorked.com/schedule/

English: The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

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The landmark hotels participate in the festivities: Aria, The Venetian, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and MGM Grand host the festivities.

Caesar's Palace

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Purchase tickets here for this celebration of wine, food, and spirits: VegasUncorked.com

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Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia: Festino in Sicily

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English: Santa Rosalia in Monte Pellegrino Sanctuary, Palermo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Detail from the flank of the Cathedral of Palermo (Sicily), showing the statue of Saint Rosalie in the forefront and the church tower behind. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, September 28 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A statue of St. Rosalia being carried through the streets of Bivona, Sicily. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Italiano: Bancarella di “calia e simenza” a Palermo (festino di Santa Rosalia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watch this video to see how important Santa Rosalia is to the residents of Palermo Sicily:

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English: Santa Rosalia (particolare) in Monte Pellegrino Sanctuary (Palermo) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.festinosantarosalia.it/

If you travel to Palermo Sicily, you will see the Patron Saint of the Palermitani guarding the Cathedral of Palermo.

La statua di Santa Rosalia, la "Santuzza",  e la Cattedrale di Palermo.

Santa Rosalia and the Cathedral of Palermo

Monte Pellegrino

Monte Pellegrino (Photo credit: ingirogiro)

If you travel to Monte Pellegrino, perched at the top of the mountain you can visit the cave-shrine of the holy hermit where the sanctuary of Saint Rosalia is located.  Monte Pellegrino offers spectacular views over Palermo and the Conca d’Oro. The cave is covered with zinc which helps collect the dripping water from the cave walls. This water is considered to have miraculous healing properties.

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Detail from the flank of the Cathedral of Palermo (Sicily), showing the statue of Saint Rosalie in the forefront and the church tower behind. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, September 28 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Rosalia is celebrated in with a massive culinary street party in July in the streets of Palermo: Festino de Santa Rosalia to celebrate the end of the Plague in Palermo. Her emblem is a crown of roses and a skull. In 1630, Pope Urban VII established two holidays for Santa Rosalia: July 15th to commemorate the anniversary of the discovery of her relics and September 4th, the day of the death of  “Santuzza” and her official ecclesiastical feast day.

She died on September 4, 1160 and was canonized on 26 January 1630 and was adopted as the patron saint of Palermo. An annual procession of Palermo’s beloved patron saint starts at the  Palace of the Normans and travels along the ancient road of Cassaro to the sea.

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The relics of the Santuzza are paraded through the town with the festival culminating in the cheering crowd chanting “Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia!” Her triumphal chariot passes through Porta Felice and ends with fireworks at the Marina.

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Italiano: Festino di Santa Rosalia a Palermo, carro delle rose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Feast is a very popular event with many Vino con Vista opportunities. It consists of carretti Siciliani, performances, exhibitions, traditional culinary and Sicilian wine options and concerts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDYMM6ZxY8s.

The Festival begins the first day of July and ends with the religious procession on July 15 to celebrate the miraculous victory over the Plague. This annual event has been celebrated since 1625.

When the city of Palermo was ravaged by the plague, Santa Rosalia appeared to a sick woman and later to a hunter. She revealed the location of her remains in the cave and told him to bring her bones down to Palermo. These relics were found on  July 15th in 1624. When Rosalia appeared in the dream, she described where her remains could be found,  in the cave on Monte Pellegrino. She indicated in the dream, that if her remains were brought to Palermo and carried through the quartined city in a procession, the plague would end. When the relics were found, they were paraded through Palermo on 15 July in a procession. The archbishop was followed by all the clergy, the senate and notable citizens of Palermo. In a few days the city was liberated from the plague.

Santa Rosalia

Santa Rosalia (Photo credit: Palazzo Isnello)

In 1625 the relics were placed inside a silver reliquary and guarded inside the Archbishop’s Palace and every year they are part of the procession that includes many confraternities. The “Confraternita di Santa Rosalia dei Sacchi” (Brotherhood of Santa Rosalia of bags) was founded in 1635 by barbers and cobblers (and varberi Scarpari). The brotherhood, which takes its name from clothing used during the procession, has the task of carrying the effigy of the Saint. During the year it is kept in the Church of Professed House of the Society of Jesus in Palermo.

Let’s all salute Santa Rosalia: “Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia”

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Here’s the link to the program: http://www.festinosantarosalia.it/

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides.To learn more about Sicily visit www.vino-con-vista.com

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Take the Vino con Vista Wine Road in Lombardy: “Strade del Vino”

Bérgamo

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Lake Gleno, Lombardy, Italy
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Lombardy is one of the largest regions in Italy. It was one of first regions in Italy to embrace the concept of wine and food tourism. The Alps and the Apennines border this magnificent Vino con Vista region. Lombardy is characterized by magical glacial lakes, rivers and streams.

River Adda from Crespi d'Adda, Lombardy, Italy.

River Adda from Crespi d’Adda, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many wine roads in Lombardy. One interesting option is the “Wine and Food Road of the Valcalepio.” There are three different routes in the picturesque Bergamasque region.

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Sunrise at Bergamo old town, Lombardy, Italy From the photographer: Cropped to a 16:9 format. Used a 0.9 Hitech soft GND filter and Slik Sprint Pro 2 tripod. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favorite is the route through Bergamo where you can tour the lovely vineyards. Bergamo means “House on the Mountain” and a cable car penetrates the wall that divides High Bergamo and the historic city center.

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In high Bergamo visit the Piazza Vecchia.  The Palazzo del Podesta Veveziano has frescos by Bramante. In the Piazza Duomo visit the cathedral. The Accademia Carrara has an extensive collection that incudes art by Bellini, Botticelli and Mantegna.

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English: Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy – Graveyard Italiano: Cimitero di Bergamo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Italy

Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can also visit the Malpaga castle and Crespi d’Adda cemetery.

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English: Crespi d’Adda – Bergamo – Italy, cemetery built 1905-1908 – italian national monument Italiano: Crespi d’Adda – Bergamo, cimitero costruito nel 1905-1908 su progetto dell’arch. Gaetano Moretti – monumento nazionale. Nel dettaglio, il faraonico mausoleo della famiglia Crespi, ai cui piedi si stendono, tutte uguali, le tombe degli operai della loro fabbrica-modello. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Crespi factory, Crespi d’Adda (Bergamo), Lombardy, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The regional wines include: Valcalepio Rosso and Riseva, Valcalepio Bianco and Valcalepio Moscato Passito. This region is famous for polenta so try some Coniglio con polenta (with rabbit) or Polenta Cunsada (seasoned). In Bergamo the specialty is Polenta e osei. More regional favorites include Gorgonzola cheese and Bergamo salami. Italy’s best sparkling wine is made in Trentino and the Franciacorta area of Lombardy with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

Franciacorta

Franciacorta

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Top Attractions in Vino con Vista Las Vegas Nevada

Venetian Casino - Las Vegas

Venetian Casino – Las Vegas (Photo credit: Kaloozer)

 

English: New York, New York hotel (Las Vegas)If you don’t have time to travel to Italy, just jump on a plane to Las Vegas. You can visit Rome, Venice and the Lake Como district of northern Italy in Bellagio without using your passport.

You can even dine at the Eiffel Tower restaurant in Paris. Join me at some of the top Vino con Vista attractions in Las Vegas Nevada.

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English: The Venetian hotel (Las Vegas)

English: The Venetian hotel (Las Vegas) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Venice Done Right, Las Vegas

Venice Done Right, Las Vegas (Photo credit: szeke)

Bellagio lake

Bellagio lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of Dale Chihuly

Portrait of Dale Chihuly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bellagio Music Water fountain

Bellagio Music Water fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

 

My glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Las Vegas started when I checked in at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel. I stood under the magnificent Dale Chihuly glass sculpture ceiling called the “Fiori di Como” waiting for a room key. Who can resist this fabulous sculpture with over 2000 colorful hand-blown flowers. You can visit his gallery in the Crystals in the Las Vegas City Center in Gallery Row.

Dale Chihuly Sculpture at the Bellagio in the lobby.

Dale Chihuly Sculpture at the Bellagio in the lobby.

Dale Chihuly Gallery in Las Vegas

Dale Chihuly Gallery in Las Vegas

Dale Chihuly at TED 2010.

Dale Chihuly at TED 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love everything about the elegant Bellagio including the 8 acre lake that occupies the land between the hotel and the Strip. Every day, this modest body of water generates a magical dancing water display from the “Fountains of Bellagio” that’s synchronized to music.

Here’s my Vino con Vista video of the “Dancing Fountains” at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j0Ds0bRkcI&feature=share&list=UUtjYfBrSeCtZk4CtjA41v8Q.

“The Fountains of Bellagio’s” choreographed water show is set to light and music. It takes place about every thirty minutes in the afternoons and early evenings and every 15 minutes from 8:00 pm until midnight.

 

 

The Bellagio and nearby Caesars Palace, with the fountains in the foreground

 

Bellagio Fountains at Night in Las Vegas

Bellagio Fountains at Night in Las Vegas

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I love the incredible atrium at the Bellagio and the charming butterfly conservatory. With an incredible pool, a great contemporary French restaurant called Le Cirque, the Palio coffee shop,  a pool restaurant and plenty of bars and clubs that serve “The Bellagio Cocktail”, why stay anywhere else?

The atrium in the Bellagio in Las Vegas

The atrium in the Bellagio in Las Vegas

 

 

Bellagio Pool in Las Vegas

Bellagio Pool in Las Vegas

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The Chocolate Fountain at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas

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The Bellagio is the home of the Cirque du Soleil’s aquatic production called “O”.

 

The Bellagio in Las Vegas

The Bellagio in Las Vegas

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Before you insert your M Life Rewards Card into the video poker and slot machines, arrange for some dinner reservations and show tickets with the friendly concierge. This town has become a haven for sophisticated Foodies.

Try to squeeze in some of these fun Las Vegas attractions and activities:

1. Las Vegas has plenty of thrill rides. Ride the world’s tallest ferris wheel “The High Roller” a 550 foot tall wheel with 28 cabins that can hold up to 40 people at the Stratosphere Tower.  You can also ride the Big Shot or catapult 30 feet over the tower’s edge in X-Scream.

Roller Coaster at NYNY

Roller Coaster at NYNY (Photo credit: Rubink1)

The Stratosphere is the northernmost of the major Strip casinos. The thrill rides will take you 100 stories above ground. Check out the Big Shot!

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Then head over to the Level 107 Lounge with a 360 degree Vino con Vista of Las Vegas. The property’s signature attraction is the 1,149 ft Stratosphere Tower. Dine at the Top of the World Restaurant where you will be more than 800 feet above the Strip.

2. Check out the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. This sensory experience will transport you to a magical underwater world.

Las Vegas Strip

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3. Take a gondola ride at the Venetian and then dine at Canaletto in St. Mark’s Square. Thomas Keller’s Bouchon is also the Venetian.  The Palazzo has 160 specialty brands and 36 world-class restaurants nestled around a replica of The Grand Canal of Venice. www.thegrandcanalshoppes.com.

The hotel has Venetian landmarks including the Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and the Palazzo Ducale.

You can go to the “DaVinci: The Exhibition”, an interactive display of his genius at the Venetian.

 

4. Check out the Aria Resort and Casino, in CityCenter which is hosting Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil.

I love the Jean Philippe Patisserie Shop with cakes and plenty of edible Easter decor.

You can search the reviews here: http://www.vegas.com/searchagent/restaurant/ViewRestaurant.do?restaurantId=5349

 

 

Jean Philippe Patisserie at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas

Jean Philippe Patisserie at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is a city of legendary performers and dramatic architecture. These characteristics have earned Las Vegas a reputation for one of the countries most popular Tourist destinations.

 

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5. At the MGM Grand, check out “CSI: THE EXPERIENCE” wherer you can solve crimes with state of the art forensic equipment http://www.csiexhibit.com

Get tickets for a fight at the MGM Grand and dine at Joel Rubichon’s outstanding Michilen-starred Restaurant in the mansion or  L’Atelier (the Workshop). We ordered the Prix fix menu and loved it!

The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas

The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas

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The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas

 

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6. Take the elevator up to the Eiffel Tower in the Paris Hotel for a romantic Vino con Vista opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Caesar’s Palace has plenty to offer. Shop at the the premier luxury retail Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Get reservations for Guy Savoy’s French restaurant or Il Mulino. You won’t be disappointed. You can also sit outside the Trevi Fountain and dine at Trevi.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace seats over 4000 people. It was originally built for Celine Dion. Elton John was performing his popular Red Piano show when I was there. Bette Midler is DIon’s replacement and performs about 100 shows per year.

 

Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas

Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas

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8. Ride the Roller Coaster at New York New York past the New York Skyline with a 180 degree twist and plenty of corkscrews. $25 for an all-day pass.

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English: New York, New York hotel (Las Vegas) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

9. Have a burger at Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace located at the Shops at Crystals at City Center (on the Strip level). Try the sweet potato fries and the onion rings.

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English: An image montage of the City of Las Vegas. From Top to Bottom: City of Las Vegas Vegas Vic, in the Fremont Street Experience Binion’s Horseshoe Hotel & Casino, in Downtown Las Vegas The Fremont Street Experience Plaza Hotel & Casino, in Downtown Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bobby Flay's Burger Palace in Las Vegas on the Strip at the Crystals

Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace in Las Vegas on the Strip at the Crystals

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Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is considered one of the Finest Five Star Properties in the World by Forbes Travel Guide

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10. Check out the top-notch Mandarin Hotel For reservations call 888-881-9578. This hotel is considered  one of the finest hotels in the world by Forbes Travel 2014. They also Have a AAA Five-Diamond Award. You can book a room here: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/accommodation/

Transportation options for the 4.2 mile Strip include:

The Las Vegas Monorail connects you to the restaurants, shows and hotels and casinos with seven stations located including : the MGM Grand, Bally’s, Caesar’s Palace, Harrah’s and the Las Vegas Convention Center. You can pick up a single ride ticket for $5 or and unlimited-ride pass at www.lvmonorail.com or call  866-466-6672. Fifteen of the world’s 25 biggest hotels are on the Strip

There are some interesting Spring Food and Wine Festivals in Las Vegas. Make plans to attend the 40th annual four-day UNLVino that ends on April 12, 2014 or Vegas Uncorke’d over Mother’s Day Weekend.

You may want to check out Project Dinner Table where internationally renowned chefs conduct Community dinner parties for charity April through November.

To book a seat visit: http://www.projectdinnertable.com/

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“Chefs Charles Wilson & Todd Harrington were the featured culinary Rock Stars for APRIL 12th, 2014 at 5:30pm. Community support goes to Teach for America & Andson Foundation.”

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To get show tickets visit www.vegas.com/shows

 

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Here’s a Link to the Smith Center for Performing Arts: http://www.thesmithcenter.com/

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Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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Enchanting Festivals in Perugia Italy

Eurochocolate festival 2008, Perugia, Italy.

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Perugia is the capital city of the  rustic central Italian region of  Umbria. Umbria is bordered by Tuscany to the west, the Marche to the east and Lazio to the south.

The topography of Umbria is dominated by the Apennines, with  the highest point in the region at Monte Vettore on the border of the Marche. It is the only Italian region that doesn’t have access to a  coastline or a common border with other countries.

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English: Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Deutsch: Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia, Umbrien, Italien. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perugia is one of Italy’s best preserved medieval hill towns. In Centro Storico many of Perugia’s medieval streets are covered with arched brick bridges.

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The famous Renaissance artist, Pietro Perugino worked in Perugia. His frescoes cover the Sala delle Udienze in the Collegio del Cambio. The Collegio del Cambio is in Palazzo dei Priori in the city of Perugia. It was built between 1452 and 1457. the High Renaissance. Raphael was Perugino’s most famous pupil. You can also visit the Umbria National Gallery with paintings from the 13th-18th centuries.

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Perugia is famous for chocolate.  I love Perugina‘s hazelnut “Baci” (kisses). Nestle acquired Perugina in 1988.

Perugia by Night

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The Eurochocolate Festival is one of the largest chocolate festivals in Europe.  There are chocolate art displays,  chocolate tastings and grandiose chocolate sculptures. The Festival lasts for about nine days. Activities are dispersed throughout the area around Piazza Italia and Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza IV Novembre.

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Eurochocolate 2007

The Umbria Jazz Festival is one of the most important jazz festivals in the world. It has been held annually since 1973, usually in the month of July in Perugia. There is also an Umbria Winter Jazz Winter that is held in Orvieto.

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Sagra Musicale Umbra is one of the major musical events in the region. It has been held since 1937 and welcomes orchestra conductors from around the world. In September, Perugia’s Classico Rocca Paolina sets the stage for an exhibition of acoustic musical instuments.

There is also an International Wine Tourism Conference in Perugia. The 4th Annual International Conference & Workshop 2012 was held in the city of Perugia in Piazza Italia.

Perugia is a great Vino con Vista and Slow Food destination. Umbria has two red wines with the DOCG Italian wine classifications: Sagrantino di Montefalco and  Torgiano Rosso. These hearty red wines are grown in the hills south of Perugia

Some day, I hope to attend the International Journalism Festival which takes place in April. This attracts journalists, journalism students and Media agencies.

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Perugia is considered Italy’s vibrant University Town. Globe-trotting students converge on the campus of Università per Stranieri.

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The Feast Day of Santa Lucia in Syracuse Sicily

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English: Saint Lucy of Syracuse, Italy Italiano: Santa Lucia da Siracusa, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Deodato Guinaccia peinture Martyre de sainte Lucie, église de Santa Lucia alla Badia, Syracuse Sicile. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Chapel of the burial place of Saint Lucy at Syracuse, Italy. The former grave of Saint Lucy, now empty, but embellished by reliefs dating from the Norman period and by a rich baroque wood frame. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, May 20, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chapel of the burial place of Saint Lucy at Sy...

Chapel of the burial place of Saint Lucy at Syracuse, Italy. The former grave of Saint Lucy, now empty, but embellished by reliefs dating from the Norman period and by a rich baroque wood frame. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, May 20, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Relics of 8th/9th century byzantine frescos in the catacombs of Saint Lucy at Syracuse, Italy. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, May 21, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Santa Lucia (St. Lucy) was born in Siracusa (Syracuse) in 283. Syracuse became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sicily in 2005.

St. Lucy is the virgin martyr of Siracusa. She is also the patron saint of the blind and the patron saint of authors.

Mario Lanza

Cover of Mario Lanza

Listen to Mario Lanza sing her song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpP7heFjr0g. Here’s my favorite version by Elvis Presley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsCBZxpoqIc&feature=related

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Martyrdom of St Lucy (predella 5)

Martyrdom of St Lucy (predella 5) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year on December 13th in Siracusa, the procession starts at the Piazza Duomo in Ortiga. A 16th century solid silver statue of Saint Lucy is brought from the Piazza del Duomo to the Basilica del Sepoloro outside the walls of the old town of Ortigia. This Basilica was built by the Normans in the 11th century. Adjacent to the Basilica, a baroque temple houses the burial place of Saint Lucy. Her holy relics were housed here intil 1039, when the Byzantine General Georgio Maniace took her remains to Constantinople as a tribute to Empress Theodora.

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Gregorio Tedeschi, Saint Lucy, a 1634 statue in the Chapel of the burial place of Saint Lucy at Syracuse, Italy. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, May 20, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the 4th Crusade, the Venetians transported her remains to Venice and they are housed in the Church of Saints Geremia and Lucia. After the procession, the statue of Saint Lucy remains at the Basilica del Sepoloro for eight days and then it is returned to the Piazza del Duomo. Many devotees of Santa Lucia participate in the procession in bare feet to honor her.

13th DEC | Saint Lucy's Procession

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According to legend, she was born in the town of Syracuse on the island of Sicily, to a wealthy family. As she grew older she choose to live her life like that of St. Agatha, who was a revered saint in Catania. She vowed to remain a virgin and give her possessions to the poor and needy.

The name Lucia means light and is linked to her virtues; virginal rectitude.  She lived prior to the Edict of Milan in 313 which allowed Christians the freedom to profess their religion. Prior to that time, Christians were persecuted for their belief in Christ.

Lucia was very generous and brought food to the many Christians who hid in underground tunnels. To find her way she would wear a wreath with candles while carrying the trays of food.

Her mother found a suitor for her to wed, but marriage was not in her plans.  When she rejected her future husband, her whistle-blower fiancee reported her to the authorities and according to Diocletian‘s Law she was persecuted and stabbed in the throat with a spear for being a Christian on December 13, 304.

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“Sicilians pay tribute to a miracle performed by St Lucy during a famine in 1582. At that time, she brought a flotilla of grain-bearing ships to starving Sicily, whose citizens cooked and ate the wheat without taking time to grind it into flour. Thus, on St. Lucy’s Day, Sicilians don’t eat anything made with wheat flour. Instead they eat cooked wheat called cuccia.”

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Morellino di Scansano Italian WIne from the Southern Coast of Tuscany

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Veduta parziale del Parco eolico dei Poggi Alti Scansano (GR) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Sangiovese grapes in a vineyard of Montalcino, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

I had an interesting  Taste of Tuscany when the Consorzio Tutela Morellino di Scansano brought their wine tour to the US.  Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape clone. This newer wine region is located in the Maremma region of coastal Tuscany close to the hilly town of Scansano. Scansano is in the Tuscan province of Grosseto Italy. This wine was granted DOC status in 1978 and upgraded to DOCG in 2007. The wine must be made from at least 85% Sangiovese grapes. The remaining 15% can comprise other red grapes like Ciliegiolo,  Alicante and Colorino.

Fruity Morellino di Scansano is produced in the hills around the province of Grosseto between the Ombrone and Albegna rivers. This area is “between Scansano, Manciano, Magliano in Toscana, Grosseto, Campagnatico, Semproniano and Roccalbegna.”

 

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Magical Mondello Sicily and the Sanctuary of Saint Rosalia

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Italy-2242 – Mount Pellegrino in the distance (Photo credit: archer10 (Dennis))

Take a short bus ride from Palermo to the delightful resort town of Mondello where wealthy Palermitani erected splendid art nouveau villas.  It is surrounded by Monte Gallo and Monte Pellegrino.  The 15th century watchtowers protect the bay. Here’s a link to an interesting video about the area

http://www.5min.com/Video/Visit-Palermo-in-Sicily-256546491

Dine on the terrace of Ristorante Charleston in Mondello on Via Regina Elena overlooking the bay for an incredible “Vino con Vista.”  Order the “Risotto ai Sapori di Sicilia” (Sicilian flavored risotto) and earn your Buon Ricordo plate covered with hand-painted citrus fruits.  Have a glass of Bianco D’Alcamo as you gaze at the incredible Conca d’Oro hills that curve around the bay. Go to the beach and swim in the delightful azure water. There is an annual beach festival in the second week of May.

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Riserva naturale Monte Pellegrino Palermo, Sicily Scuderie Reali (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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DGJ_2131 – Chapel of Saint Rosalia (Photo credit: archer10 (Dennis) OFF)

Monte Pellegrino

Monte Pellegrino (Photo credit: ingirogiro)

Then travel to Monte Pellegrino. Perched at the top of Monte Pellegrino you can visit the sanctuary of Saint Rosalia.  Her statue welcomes visitors to the sanctuary that was erected over a cave where she lived and prayed.  She dedicated herself to a life of prayer and penance.

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Monte Pellegrino in Palermo (Riserva naturale Monte Pellegrino) Monte Pellegrino in Palermo (Riserva naturale Monte Pellegrino) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She died in 1166 and was beatified and adopted as the patron saint of the city of Palermo.  One of the miracles attributed to her is the end of the Plague that ravaged Sicily in the 17th century.  It was brought in by a Tunisian ship in 1624.

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26.08.2000 – Palermo, Monte Pellegrino, Santa Rosalia (Photo credit: cercamon)

Faithful followers climb to the sanctuary every September 4th on a pilgrimage.  The water that drips from the cave is believed to be miraculous.  The marble figure of the Saint is clothed in a golden cape donated by Charles III of Bourbon.  An annual procession in July carries Saint Rosalia through town. Her statue is carried on a float drawn by oxen from Monte Pellegrino into town.

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My Glorious Vino Con Vista Weekend in Rome: Non Basta una Vita

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View of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica dome.

View of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica dome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Wide angle View of the altar inside St. Peter’s Basilica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you follow my posts, you already know that I love Rome! The glorious city of Rome is adorned with spectacular historic sites, sumptuous fountains, magnificent art treasures, charming cafes and world-class restaurants and hotels. as Michelangelo-pieta

If you are traveling to Rome for a weekend, here’s a list of my favorite attractions for a “Glorious Vino con Vista” weekend in Rome. But remember that the Italians say: ‘non basta una vita’, “a lifetime is not enough” to visit 28 centuries of history!

Chair of Saint Peter

Chair of Saint Peter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jump on the Hop-on, Hop-off  Bus and visit the following sites:

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1. Rome is filled with incredible historic monuments! Pay tribute to the Papacy in the Vatican City formerly ruled by Pope Benedict XVI and presently lead by newly elected Pope Francis. Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign country in both land mass and population. It serves as the spiritual headquarters for the Roman Catholic Church.

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English: Bernini’s baldacchino, inside Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square, Rome (2007). Polski: Papież Benedykt XVI podczas Audiencji Generalnej na Placu św. Piotra w Rzymie (2007). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St Peter’s Basilica with its famous dome is one of the highlights of Rome’s skyline. This area is one of my favorite “Vino-con Vista” destinations in Rome.  The impressive architecture in this area offers a host of cafés and shops where you can buy rosary beads and interesting frames filled with pictures or Popes. My sons joke about all of my Pope frames.

Florence, Rome, Perugia

Florence, Rome, Perugia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Bernini’s “Gloria” surmounting the “Cathedra Petri”, also by him. Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A 5×6 segment panoramic image taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 70-200mm f/2.8L lens from the dome of St Peter’s in Vatican City in Rome. Français: Image panoramique composée de 5×6 photos prises par David Iliff à l’aide d’un appareil Canon 5D et une lentille 70-200mm f/2.8L à partir du dôme de la Basilique Saint-Pierre au Vatican. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Wait in line at Saint Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s Pieta and the incredible dome. Admire Bernini‘s Monument to Pope Alexander VII and take pictures and videos with your iPad of Bernini’s monumental bronze Baldachinno (canopy) over the Tomb of Saint Peter.

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English: Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Rome Česky: Uvnitř Baziliky svatého Petra, Vatikán, Řím (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do not leave Rome without seeing these sites! Send some postcards from the post office as you soak up the Baroque genius in this magical city.

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2. Wander through the Papal Palaces at the Vatican Museums and admire the beauty the Sistine Chapel.

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The left half of the entire ceiling, after restoration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michelangelo’s contributions to the remarkable Sistine Chapel include his legendary Last Judgement and the spectacular frescoed ceiling. “The Last Judgement” depicts the division of the damned from the redeemed. Jesus commands the center of the wall with his right arm raised over his head. Under that raised arm, his mother Mary is crouched at his side. Saint Bartholomew, with his flayed skin, has the face of Michelangelo and is seated in front of Jesus.

Watch this short clip: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1kpcQm/:1cmVYfe2n:Z1jzCq$!/www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html/

The ceiling vault depicts nine scenes from the book of Genesis beginning at the altar end of the chapel: The Separation of Light from Darkness, The Creation of the Sun and the Moon, The Separation of Land from Water, The Creation of Adam, The Creation of Eve, and The Temptation of Adam and Eve combined in one panel with the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Then there is the Sacrifice of Abel, The Flood and finally, The Drunkenness of Noah. He painted the entire ceiling lying on his back.

Do not miss the Raphael Rooms. Raphael was born in Urbino in 1483. In 1508, he was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II to decorate the papal apartments in the Vatican Palace. The first room he tackled was the Pope’s Library and office called the Stanza della Segnatura. This room has my favorite work of art by Raphael called “The School of Athens.”

A Escola de Atenas, afresco no Vaticano

A Escola de Atenas, afresco no Vaticano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The themes he selected were Theology, Poetry, Philosophy and Jurisprudence. “The School of Athens” fresco represents “Philosophy.” It is filled with figures of people thinking, writing, arguing and reading. Basically, it represents a gathering of intellectuals where everyone is engaged in learning.

The School of Athens (detail). Fresco, Stanza ...

The School of Athens (detail). Fresco, Stanza della Segnatura, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plato is in the center under the arch (on the left) in the red toga with his finger pointing upward toward the sky. He is demonstrating that all ideal concepts are found in the heavens; as he believed that we should aspire to imitate the divine. He’s holding a copy of “Timaeus.” The close-up shot of Plato, has the face of  Leonardo da Vinci.

I found the numbered picture in a Twitter post by art historian Jeff Titelius. I think you will find the description of the cast of characters quite intellectually stimulating.

1: Zeno of Citium 2: Epicurus 3: unknown 4: Boethius or Anaximander or Empedocles? 5: Averroes 6: Pythagoras 7: Alcibiades or Alexander the Great? 8: Xenophon 9: unknown [14][13] or the Fornarina as a personification of Love [15] or (Francesco Maria della Rovere?) 10: Aeschines or Xenophon? 11: Parmenides? 12: Socrates 13: Heraclitus (Michelangelo) 14: Plato (Leonardo da Vinci) 15: Aristotle 16: Diogenes 17: Plotinus (Donatello?) 18: Euclid with students (Bramante?) 19: Zoroaster 20: Ptolemy? R: Apelles (Raphael) 21: Protogenes (Il Sodoma, Perugino, or Timoteo Viti). Photo: WikiMedia Commons.

Standing next to Plato, Aristotle (in blue) is holding his book inscribed “Nicomachean Ethics” in his left hand with his right hand pointing forward.

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Detail of The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio, 1509, showing Plato (left) and Aristotle (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the right foreground of the scene, Euclid is drawing a geometrical figure with his protractor, but his face is really Bramante.

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A Greek mathematician performing a geometric construction with a compass, from The School of Athens by Raphael. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The School of Athens ( ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the steps to the left is Pythagoras, writing in a book. In front of him, with his head resting on his hand and sitting alone in the forefront is “Heraclitus” with the pencil in his right hand. He has the face of Michelangelo.

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Raphael- School of Athens, detail showing R’s portrait of Michelangelo as Heraclitus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Each significant philosopher in the “School of Athens” has an group of eager listeners. Pope Julius II definitely picked the right artist for his office! Raphael is peeriing directly at you in the close-up on the right. He is shown on the right side of Zoroaster, who is holding the globe on the left of Raphael.

Detail of The School of Athens by Raphael, 150...

Detail of The School of Athens by Raphael, 1509, showing Zoroaster (left, with star-studded globe). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Detail from The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio, maybe an illustration of Hypatia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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3.  The ancient ruins are perhaps the most impressive and incredible sights in the city! Tour the Colloseum‘s interior and follow the footsteps of the gladiators as you witness this feat of Roman engineering; a driveby approach will not suffice! This  breathtaking and insightful icon of both gladiators and Emperors reflects ancient Rome.

Ruins of the Roman Forum

Ruins of the Roman Forum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Go to the Forum which is located right next to the Colloseum. Imagine Julius Ceasar and Mark Anthony giving historic speeches at this monumental venue. It was the quintessential Roman Marketplace in its heyday!

Pantheon, Rome, Raphael's tomb.

Pantheon, Rome, Raphael’s tomb. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The famous set of columns from the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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5. The Pantheon‘s classic architecture allows you to visit the tombs of historic European icons such as Popes and Italian Kings.

Raphael is buried in a niche in the Pantheon which reads: “The man here is Raphael; while he was alive, the Great Mother of All Things (Nature) feared to be outdone; and when he died, she, too, feared to die.”

Marvel at the masterpieces that adorn the circular wall and look up at the oculus that opens to the sky and sheds light throughout the magnificent structure. Originally, the great dome was sheathed in gilded bronze.

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Rome-pantheon

6. Throw a coin (over your shoulder) and make a wish in one of the world’s most famous fountains: the Trevi Fountain. Admire the ornate sculpture over the glistening water. This will guarantee a return trip to Rome. Next time, stay for atleast a week.

The Palazzo Poli forms the  backdrop to the magnificent Trevi Fountain. This Palazzo is home to a major collection of copper engraving plates.

The 18th-century Trevi Fountain at night.

The 18th-century Trevi Fountain at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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7. Climb the widest staircase in Europe at the Spanish Steps. These beautiful steps join Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti. Climb the Spanish Steps to enjoy a tour the magnificent hotels that lead to the Via Venato.

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Admire Bernini’s Boat Fountain at the base of the stairs before strolling along Via Condotti and buying some elegant designer shoes, purses and clothing.

Fountain of the Four Rivers

8. Do not leave Rome without visiting Piazza Navona. This is one of the best Baroque Vino con Vista Venues in town. Although the glorious city of Rome is adorned with spectacular fountains; some of my favorites are located in this Square including the Fountain of the Four Rivers, The Fountain of the Moor and Neptune’s Fountain.

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Rome (Photo credit: Mathew Knott)

Fountain in Piazza Navona

Some of Rome’s fountains support obelisks and others anchor famous piazzas. The dramatic fountains in Piazza Navona host a cast of interesting characters that generally spew water from their mouths. The basins are shaped in the form of chalices and decorative elements including dolphins, tritons, theatrical masks and shells. This Piazza is filled with delightful cafes and live music!

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Buon Viaggio!!!!!

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Plan an Iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Vino con Vista Party at Your House

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Kendall-Jackson California Meritage 2004: Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Franc 1%, Sonoma County. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Cabernet Sauvignon grape cluster, shown by DNA studies to be a cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery (Photo credit: Don J Schulte)

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English: bottle of stag’s leap cabernet sauvignon Français : bouteille de cabernet sauvgnon stag’s leap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Let’s throw an iconic  Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Party. Invite your generous friends and have them pick a bottle of Cabernet wine from the list provided.

Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa...
Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Heitz Cellars Cab from Napa
Heitz Cellars Cab from Napa

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Far Niente from Napa

Far Niente from Napa

Corison from Napa

Corison from Napa

Napa Cellars Winery

Napa Cellars Winery (Photo credit: Jason DeRusha)

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Cabernet grapes growing in the vineyards of the Napa Valley winery of Opus One. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Dehydrated Cabernet Sauvignon grapes left on the vine in mid-November at Sterling Vineyards in the California wine region of Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes gained prominence in Bordeaux wines where they are often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Cabernet Sauvignon vines growing in Bordeaux.

Cabernet Sauvignon vines growing in Bordeaux. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have included some iconic bottles of Napa Cabs that will make all the wine snobs swoon!

You can’t throw a Napa Fest without plenty of flowers. If your party is held in the late summer, you can get some sunflowers and cut the stems short and place them in a clear vase on all your tables. Your friends will be so impressed! I also have some grape lights that I use on my Christmas tree; if you can find some use them to decorate your dining space.

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sunflowers

Here’s what we are serving:

Make your antipasto on a wooden cutting board. Make sure you have plenty of imported Prosciutto de Parma sliced paper thin, Genoa salami and soppressata. Get a large chunk of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and place it on the cutting board. Slice some fresh, crusty Italian bread and offer plenty of colorful imported olives on the side. Add some dried fruit like dates and apricots on the tray with some walnuts and almonds.

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Grab some Silver Oaks Cab, Nickel & Nickel and Rubicon too!!

A bottle and remnants of a 1994 Silver Oak Cab...

A bottle and remnants of a 1994 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Napa Valley California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cellar at Rubicon

Cellar at Rubicon (Photo credit: K. Todd Storch)

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olives

When  your friends what to bring some wine, create a checklist and have them sign up. This will provide a wide array of Cabs that pair nicely with the menu.

They can also bring some Champagne, Franciacorta or Prosecco for toasting before dinner.

Nickel & Nickel Napa Valley Cab

It’s fun to display the wine on a barrell if you can find one. Start your festivities with a champagne toast.

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

English: Fall in Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think your wine buddies will open up their wine cellars and pull out a few iconic bottles of wine for the party.

Here are some of the other Cult Cabs that your friends may have in their wine cellar:

Screaming Eagle, Colgin Cellars,

Bond from the Harley Estate, Maya from Dalla Valle Vineyards, Kapcsandy Cabernet.

Opus One Winery makes a Bordeaux-style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is located in Oakville California. It was founded as a 1980 as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothchild and Robert Mondavi.

Exterior of the Napa Valley winery Opus One fo...

Exterior of the Napa Valley winery Opus One founded by Mondavi and Rothschild of Bordeaux. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Château Mouton d'Armailhacq Philippe de Rothsc...

To-Kalon vinyard at the Robert Mondavi winery

To-Kalon vinyard at the Robert Mondavi winery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can get some Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cab from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. In 1987, the original winery established by Warren Winiarski was sold to Chateax St. Michelle of Woodinville, Washington and Marchesi Antinori of Italy for $185 million.

Elivette Cab from Napa

Elivette Cab from Napa

Opus One from Napa

Opus One from Napa

Bottles of the California wine Stag's Leap Win...

Get some Chateau Montelena as well. I love the old-world charm of their winery in Calistoga California!

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga

Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Photo credit: Sarah_Ackerman)

If some of your friends don’t like red wine, prepare plenty of Margaritas with Gran Marnier or whip up some glorious French Martinis. Don’t forget the cherries!

Then cut up a bunch of ripe delicious fruit and stack it artistically on a pretty platter. Use pinapples, honeydew, cantalope, strawberries and crown the platter with bunches of red grapes.

Fruit Platter

Fruit Platter

Now it’ time for some grilled vegetables. Grill zucchini, eggplant, red onions, red and yellow peppers and smother them with a layer of portobello mushrooms. Everyone will love it!Grilled Vegetables

Then place some big juicy chilled shrimp on an iced  platter with some lemon wedges.

shrimp

shrimp

Next, grill some medium rare fillet mignon that was marinated overnight in olive oil, garlic, rosemary and cabernet sauvignon.

Grilled Filet Mignon

Grilled Filet Mignon

Slice the meet up and make some Filet Sliders. Don’t forget the Bernaise Sauce.Filet Sliders

Now it’s time for dessert. Make or buy colorful mini-cupcakes and stack them on a three-tiered tray.

On you computer, play videos of harvest from the Napa Valley vineyards at www.napavintners.com/harvest.

Everyone can

Bottles of the California wine Stag's Leap Win...

Bottles of the California wine Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars from Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

order tickets for Flavor Napa Valley that is held annually in November.

I love Napa Valley

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Cupcakes

Cupcakes on a stand

California Cabernet from Napa Valley including...

California Cabernet from Napa Valley including Chateau Montelena, Nickel & Nickel & Paul Hobbes in stemless Reidel glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cheers and Bon Appetit!

cupcakes

Cupcakes

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