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Category Archives: La Dolce Vita

  1. A Perfect Autumnal Plum Pie

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    September 13, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Mother Nature has changed direction. After the balmy summer nights of July and August, September has arrived. The crisp, damp …
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  2. What Would Be Your Dream Kitchen?

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    September 5, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    The boy and I got hit with a stomach bug this weekend.  After just a half-day in the vineyards, we …
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  3. The Return of the Goat

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    August 12, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    “What do you mean, the old men of the village don’t come over to take a look at a building …
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  4. To Grow, To Make and To Cook.

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    July 17, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Butter, Ricotta and Kefir – I made all three of these at some point in Paris. They’re relatively labour-intensive and ordering unpasteurised milk from my local cheesemonger (it had to be ordered in specially for me) got me the reputation of being “the weird English girl.” However, the butter here in Italy is really dire (I was so spoilt in France!) that desperation may well drive me to risk my reputation again and ask my cheesemonger to put aside some milk for me…  

  5. Fortune Favours The Bold

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    June 22, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Setting up life in a new country is never simple. That said, it’s been almost exactly one year since I …
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  6. Some Like It Hot

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    June 17, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    It’s been really boiling hot this week and often without as much as the slightest breeze. Temperatures will easily soar …
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  7. Renovating A House In Italy Is Nothing Like “Under The Tuscan Sun”

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    June 1, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Picture an old house, on a hill, in the lush Italian countryside, completely surrounded by vineyards. Sounds idyllic, right? Especially …
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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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My Other Blog: Got Legs

In The Vineyards With: Sauro Maule (Il Cavallino, Veneto)

In The Vineyards With: Sauro Maule (Il Cavallino, Veneto)

It’s hard to find a “young” man as enthusiastic, knowledgeable and determined as Sauro Maule. Sauro comes from a strong agricultural lineage. His father, Lino, a distinguished and considered man, raised cattle for more than 30 years. In 2010, aged 25, Sauro made the decision turn the company into one which grows grapes and makes […]