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Grape harvest
Jem Macy

A New Wine Part 2

The 2022 harvest was going to be more important than usual: I had convinced the owners of a small, high vineyard outside of Florence to

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Vineyard
Grape harvest
Jem Macy

A New Wine Part I

At a brunch party a few weeks ago, a friend said: “Here’s a question I don’t get to ask many people: How was the harvest?” The

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Olive cultivation
Jem Macy

Ah Bruschetta!

How can anything be “extra virgin”?  An olive either has or has not been pressed. In fact, nobody in Tuscany talks about “virgin” olive oil.

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Tuscan wines
Jem Macy

Ode To A Young Sommelier

Last Friday, with a family birthday to celebrate, our old kitchen removed and the new one not yet installed, we reserved a table at a

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Vigneto Grande 2020
Grape harvest
Jem Macy

Smelling the Roses

Whether for reasons of upbringing, experience or temperament, I am always striving—to think up and take on projects, formulate plans, aim for change; grow and

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Violets
Tuscan wines
Jem Macy

Wine Chat

I spent this past Monday, a holiday known as “Pasquetta” or “little Easter” in Italy, with friends in Siena, chatting over a long lunch to

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