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Category Archives: This Is Not A Cliche

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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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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It may be raining but that doesn't mean that we don't go to the vineyards!
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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 […]