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September 18, 2002
Le Volte is actually the second label of the famed Tuscan estate Ornellaia, which Robert Mondavi has just bought from Marchesi Lucovico Antinori. (His older brother, Piero, runs the Antinori wine estates.) The property is in Bolgheri, close to the Tuscan coast and not far from Sassicaia, the estate which proved it was possible to make great Bordeaux-style wines in this little-known area. This wine, distributed by Mondavi, stains the sides of the glass a deep garnet with violet overtones.
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FOOD
October 9, 2002 | S. Irene Virbila
The seat of the Mazzei family since, oh, 1435--produces some killer Tuscan reds. But along with beautiful Chianti Classicos and riservas and its highly sought-after flagship wine, Siepi, the estate makes Poggio alla Badiola from younger vines, in a younger style. This cheerful, juicy wine tasting of earth and berries is almost entirely Sangiovese (94%), with a soupcon of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It has the soft tannins and silky texture that make for easy drinking.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2008 | Diane Haithman
Is that the Virgin of Guadalupe appearing on the side of BCAM? Not if the architect has anything to say about it.
TRAVEL
November 12, 1995
I want to thank you for referring me to a wonderful exploration of Umbria and Tuscany ("Romantic Italy," Tours and Cruises, June 25). The program was led by artist-lecturer Roberta Kritzia through Personalized Travel (818-994-2402). It exceeded all of my dreams! LENA MITCHELL Sherman Oaks
FOOD
April 27, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Here's a Tuscan red that will roll with any summer menu. "Tre" is a blend of three grapes (mostly Sangiovese, with 10% each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Brancaia's three estates in Tuscany. The 2010, easygoing but with character and substance, conjures up the taste of blueberries and dark cherries and something darker and more earthy. Think of it as a strongly drawn secondary character. Maybe not the lead, but I'm happy to open a bottle for dinner at home with friends anytime.
TRAVEL
August 17, 1997
Regarding Jerome Pudwill's letter describing his difficulties using an ATM card and credit cards in ATM machines in Tuscany, Italy ("Checks and Balances," Aug. 3), because he didn't know his PIN numbers, it seems he didn't attempt the obvious. He could have taken his credit card and passport (for identification) to a teller in any national bank and requested a cash advance. Granted, this process is not a debit to a bank account and can take anywhere from five to 20 minutes, but it would have saved him endless aggravation and $100 in telephone calls.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1996 | From Reuters
Former Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacocca, shifting gears from motor oil to olive oil, is now taking aim at the nation's $1.8-billion market for nonbutter spreads. Wondering what to do with thousands of gallons of olive oil from his estate in Tuscany, Italy, Iacocca and his son-in-law hit upon the idea of developing a margarine using the oil, which studies have shown can help limit the harmful effects of cholesterol. Iacocca's Boston-based Nicola Corp.
NEWS
October 18, 1994
Paul R. Picard, 63, television producer best known for his series "The Dukes of Hazzard." In addition to the eight-season hillbilly hit, Picard produced television movies and miniseries such as "Scruples," "California Fever" and "The Pirate." He began his career as an actor, but soon switched to producing network game shows, television commercials and segments for ABC's "Wide World of Sports."
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