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.
February 3, 2008 |
Is that the Virgin of Guadalupe appearing on the side of BCAM? Not if the architect has anything to say about it.
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.
April 23, 1996 |
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.
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."
August 3, 1997
On a recent trip to Tuscany, Italy, we took $400 in cash, a Visa and MasterCard, an ATM bank card, $400 in traveler's checks and two personal checks. After zipping through the cash and traveler's checks, we tried using our ATM and credit cards at Siena's ATMs. Unfortunately, none of the ATMs we found were tied into our ATM system. Our Visa card's magnetic stripe refused to activate any ATMs, and we had no idea of the required PIN number for our MasterCard, as we'd never needed it. About $100 in phone calls later, our bank of 25 years (a major international institution)