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Category Archives: La Dolce Vita

  1. To Survive In Italy, You Must Be Resourceful

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    May 26, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Living – and surviving – in Italy means being resourceful. You think something’s going to be ok because previous experience …
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  2. On Shaky Foundations?

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    May 15, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    You may remember from my post ten days ago (Building A Life) that building works have started recently on the …
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  3. Building a Life In Italy

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    May 4, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    It’s never a good sign when someone wakes you from your postprandial siesta with a knock at the door and …
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  4. Taking a Tart for Labour Day

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    May 2, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    “Hey Emma, you remember we’re leaving at 10am….” whispers the boy, “… well, it’s almost 9am and you still have …
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  5. Where To Find Oysters in Paris

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    December 1, 2013 by Emma Bentley

    This blog post comes to you today from the corner of my bed. I’ve just spent a very uncomfortable night …
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Who’s Emma?


Hi! I live and work on a small winery in northern Italy but I also love to cook and eat. Welcome to the blog.

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Because I no longer live in Paris, the blog has been given a complete rehaul. It's still a work in progress. Please excuse any broken links or typos.

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Not a bad place for a #wine conference. 😉
#maremma #tuscany #toscana #igerstoscana #italy #sunshine #Gelato flavour of the week: "Spagnola." It's an #icecream with a custard-cream base (i.e. milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla) and is then topped with pieces of #amarena cherries. A rich, sweet treat for children, adults and passing curly-haired English gluttons too!
N.B. With Montecchio's church in the background. #italy #veneto #doasthelocalsdo

My Other Blog: Got Legs

“Vintage 2017 Report” Or “How To Protect Against Frost”

“Vintage 2017 Report” Or “How To Protect Against Frost”

It’s becoming an all-too-familiar scenario: a beautiful springtime with plenty of warm sunshine but followed by a sudden dip and freezing temperatures. A cold winter does marvels for the vineyard but once bud-burst has taken place, a cold snap can have catastrophic results. You may remember that I wrote about this already in 2016. Vintage 2016: […]