Boutier Winery

PashbyMaul adventures goes wine tasting at Boutier Winery in Madison County, Georgia. Among the surprising varietals we find a new Georgia favorite!

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Samarkand – Hovrenko Wine Factory

  If the bus loads of silver-haired European tourists are any indication, we feel very fortunate to be here in Samarkand well before our 65th birthday. Never a fan of the massive group tour, there's something inherently unauthentic about being driven around in an air-conditioned luxury motor coach. Sailing by in blissful comfort high above … Continue reading Samarkand – Hovrenko Wine Factory

Château Élan Winery

In the midst of readjustment to life in the United States, experiencing a sort of reverse culture shock, it was refreshing last week to have been given the opportunity to visit Château Élan Winery in of all places, North Georgia. In a deep south state more famous for southern delicacies like grits and beverages such … Continue reading Château Élan Winery

Day 4: Trattoria Zamboni

Trattoria Zamboni is legendary in Vicenza for being one of the top upscale eateries in the area. Fortunate for us, the restaurant is situated less than five kilometers from where we live. Shockingly, we've never eaten there, until tonight! In the town of Lapio, famous to our visitors for another great restaurant we frequent, Trattoria Zamboni occupies … Continue reading Day 4: Trattoria Zamboni

Day 9: Vecia Priara

When you leave casa di Maul and drive straight up the mountain behind the house, the first town you hit is called Villabalzana. Here you will find one of the best examples of a trattoria serving truly local traditional favorites of the Colli Berici, Trattoria alla Vecia Priara. Vecia Priara literally translates to mean "of … Continue reading Day 9: Vecia Priara

Day 12: The Last Supper

This past weekend, the neighbors gathered like they do a least a few times a year, only this time it was the bittersweet celebration wishing us well on our way to Uzbekistan. Our little community is like no other we've ever lived in before. No where else have either of us felt so at home … Continue reading Day 12: The Last Supper

Day 14: Mistral Bar

Sometimes, when you're hungry, you just want good food. Nothing special, no fancy decor, no gimicky service, just a place where anyone can come and get consistently good homemade eats. This is the realm of the trattoria. Not your Soho variety yuppie restaurant, but a real authentic blue-collar even no-collar local dining room serving perfect comfort … Continue reading Day 14: Mistral Bar