Wine School of Philadelphia

A Good Wine Makes for a Better Read

Fall is finally here – that time of year to get cozy on the sofa under a nice burning lamp, a lovely bottle of wine, and a terrific read. For those of you following Frank Cipparone’s Italian Picks, a great novel to dive into while drinking the Ornello Molon Raboso 2003; the Cristina Ascheri Langhe Arneis, 2006; or the Casa Librandi Ciro “Duca di San Felice” Riserva 2003; is Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Highsmith’s protagonist is the very sordid yet very likeable Tom Ripley, and as Highsmith takes her reader on a journey through his twisted mind, she also takes them through the heart and twisted countryside of Italy.

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Wine School of Philadelphia

Smackdown with a Master, or Working Out with Wine

Tomorrow night, I will do battle with Marco Avigo, Italian Master Sommelier from Penne Restaurant in University City. This is an unexpected turn of events for two reasons. First, this is my second Smackdown against a Master Sommelier; the last one was Christophe Tassan, formerly of Le Bec-Fin, and he won by a sliver.

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