Author Archives: Marya Valli

On Omaha Beach, Bravery Remembered

Today, Omaha Beach, which once bore so much violence, has given way to a series of beautiful, if stoic, tributes to the many men who fought that day. more…

Corsica: A World of Her Own

The Greeks called her Kalliste, The Beautiful, and a few thousand years on, she continues to ravish. more…

The Edge of the World

On a recent research trip to Catalonia, I began my voyage tracing our cycle route down from the rolling green of the Garrotxa’s volcanic hills. more…

Barolo, The King of Wines

“The King of Wines and the Wine of Kings” isn’t just a brilliant 18th-century marketing tagline. more…

Immersion Kit: Piemonte

From the heights of the Alps to the plains of the Po Valley, Piemonte is a wealth of contrasts. We shed some light on the region to give you a head start for getting in deep. more…

Piemonte Cuisine 101

Well known as arguably Italy’s best wine region, Piemonte’s gastronomic pleasures equal its oenological offerings. more…

Vines 101: Piemonte Wine

Piemonte produces the best red wines in all of Italy, along with excellent white wines and dessert wines. Many are registered as DOC or DOCG, denoting careful quality controls and typicity. more…

Mahatma Wines:
The Pearl of La Perla

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In a gorgeous valley among the enchanted Dolomite mountains, the Costa family welcomes guests to its hotel, La Perla. more…

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Sticky Fingers, Fat Bunches

With a later summer lingering into October, the Nebbiolo grapes ripened early this year. Add a rare weekend-long gap between preparing and guiding trips, and I was thrilled to finally help harvest at our friend. more…

Cheers, Cavour!

Home to Italy’s first (and last) kings, the Savoys Piemonte also gave birth to Count Camillo Benso Cavour. more…


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