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March 26, 2011
We spent four nights at this beautiful agriturismo and winery in Umbria. It has lovely guest apartments, a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and a restaurant in the middle of the vineyards. Rates are very reasonable for such a wonderful location, near Lake Trasimeno. It is owned by the daughter of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of Automobili Lamborghini. Agriturismo Lamborghini & Golf Club, 1 Soderi di Panicarola, Panicale; 011-39-075-835-0029, http://english.lamborghinionline.it . Rates from about $720 to $1,187 in July and August.
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TRAVEL
October 9, 2011
The best way to Rome From LAX, From LAX, American, Lufthansa, Air France, British and United offer connecting service (change of plane) to Rome. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $500, excluding fees and taxes. Orvieto is about 60 miles from Rome. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international calling code), 39 (the country code for Italy), the regional code and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Hotel Virgilio, 5 Piazza Duomo, Orvieto; 0763 394937, http://www.orvietohotelvirgilio.com , shares the piazza with the 13th century cathedral.
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TRAVEL
October 9, 2011
The best way to Rome From LAX, From LAX, American, Lufthansa, Air France, British and United offer connecting service (change of plane) to Rome. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $500, excluding fees and taxes. Orvieto is about 60 miles from Rome. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international calling code), 39 (the country code for Italy), the regional code and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Hotel Virgilio, 5 Piazza Duomo, Orvieto; 0763 394937, http://www.orvietohotelvirgilio.com , shares the piazza with the 13th century cathedral.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011 | By Carolyn Lyons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The anonymous stone building on the outskirts of Civitella, my Umbrian hilltop village, was a mystery to me. Every time I drove past, it was shut up and seemingly deserted. But on one moonless night in November, lights blazed through the dirt-encrusted windows, and tractors, trailers, little Fiat 500s and the three-wheeled trucks called Apé were strewn across the road outside. I stopped my car, pushed open the building's iron door and stepped into a room filled with the rush of warm air and the clanking of heavy machinery.
FOOD
September 2, 1998 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
This blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Sangiovese (in about equal proportions) is deep garnet in color, round and soft in taste and loaded with the ripe, plummy fruit of the beautiful 1997 harvest, which winemakers are calling one of the great Italian vintages of the century. It's made by a respected young Umbrian enologist named Ricardo Coltarello, who has produced a terrific quaffing wine, bottled unfiltered, that is much better than its modest price suggests.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011 | By Carolyn Lyons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The anonymous stone building on the outskirts of Civitella, my Umbrian hilltop village, was a mystery to me. Every time I drove past, it was shut up and seemingly deserted. But on one moonless night in November, lights blazed through the dirt-encrusted windows, and tractors, trailers, little Fiat 500s and the three-wheeled trucks called Apé were strewn across the road outside. I stopped my car, pushed open the building's iron door and stepped into a room filled with the rush of warm air and the clanking of heavy machinery.
FOOD
October 28, 2010
  2004 Terre de' Trinci Sagrantino di Montefalco "Ugolino" Montefalco is a vertiginous hill town in Umbria famous for Sagrantino di Montefalco, a full-bodied red made from the Sagrantino grape. The 2004 Ugolino from Terre de' Trinci is stupendous, a deep-flavored, fleshy Sagrantino lush with the tastes of blackberry and earth. Its tannins are big, but softened, and it has a finish that just doesn't let go. It's a big, gentle bear of a wine. Get baking: Have a favorite holiday cookie recipe?
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
If, like me, you haven't cottoned to the fact that it's the latter half of November, and that December starts in just over a week, listen up. If you're planning on a wine country trip in January, the Napa Truffle Festival   is coming up Jan. 18 to 21, the third such event. The festival celebrates Tuber melanosporum , the winter Périgord black truffle (not to be confused with the much less pungent and pricy summer truffle). Food writer and editor Colman Andrews will be speaking.
FOOD
September 2, 2010
  2008 Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto "Grecante" Arnaldo Caprai is better known for his intense Montefalco rosso than for his whites, so this lyrical wine comes as a surprise. Made from 100% Grechetto, an indigenous grape, it is crisp and refreshing, all delicate flowers on the nose, with notes of lime and grapefruit. Who knew the vines around the Umbrian hilltop town could produce a knockout white like this? JOIN US: The L.A. Times hosts its Celebration of Food & Wine this Sunday, Sept.
BOOKS
October 18, 1992
Looking for a good novel? It seems the judges for Britain's Booker Prize found two. Unable to decide between Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient" and Barry Unsworth's "Sacred Hunger," the committee gave the prestigious literary award to the writers jointly. Ondaatje and Unsworth will share the $34,000 prize given by Booker, an international food-and-agriculture business. Co-winners were named once before, in 1974, when Stanley Middleton and Nadine Gordimer shared the honor.
TRAVEL
March 26, 2011
We spent four nights at this beautiful agriturismo and winery in Umbria. It has lovely guest apartments, a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and a restaurant in the middle of the vineyards. Rates are very reasonable for such a wonderful location, near Lake Trasimeno. It is owned by the daughter of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of Automobili Lamborghini. Agriturismo Lamborghini & Golf Club, 1 Soderi di Panicarola, Panicale; 011-39-075-835-0029, http://english.lamborghinionline.it . Rates from about $720 to $1,187 in July and August.
FOOD
September 2, 1998 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
This blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Sangiovese (in about equal proportions) is deep garnet in color, round and soft in taste and loaded with the ripe, plummy fruit of the beautiful 1997 harvest, which winemakers are calling one of the great Italian vintages of the century. It's made by a respected young Umbrian enologist named Ricardo Coltarello, who has produced a terrific quaffing wine, bottled unfiltered, that is much better than its modest price suggests.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1997 | Suzanne Muchnic
Last year's big art publishing news was Grove's 32-volume Dictionary of Art, priced at a whopping $8,800. This year's hot item--so far--is a history of art collecting in Western Europe on CD-ROM, published by the Getty Trust. It's a relative bargain, selling for a mere $900.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1995 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
Back in California after a stint cooking at Gianfranco Vissani's extraordinary eponymous restaurant in Umbria, Italy, Sandy Gendel, a veteran of Table 29 in Napa Valley and Rex il Ristorante, has opened a tiny takeout shop in Beverly Hills with partner Peter Garland. (Porta Via means take away in Italian.) The two are just in the process of printing up a seasonal menu; meanwhile what you see is what you get.
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