This is a Barolo we really liked in Piemonte. Vivino is a really good app to find and buy wines. Take a picture of the label, and it tells you where and how to to get it. Especially when you travel. Try it!
My friend Virginia at the Cooper Hewitt exhibit, Tablescapes: Designs for Dining, featuring the amazing table linens designed by her pioneering grandmother, Marguerita Mergentime, in the 1920’s and 30’s. Tired of white tablecloths that did nothing for nobody, Marguerita introduced color and, most interestingly for me, linens with words and phrases (Is there a dessert for love?) designed to spark lively conversation around the table. Don’t miss the wall hanging from the 1939 World’s Fair; it will make you laugh and remind you in surprising ways about how great our country always was and will be. Here’s Virginia’s talk at the CH about her grandmother.
Just inhaled this fascinating book. Reads like fiction, complete with action and romance. Genghis Khan was fierce, and violent, but as he put his empire together he learned the value of respect for the way other people live and believe. Ahead of his time.
The Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibit closes October 8. Go see it at the Cloisters. Incredible setting, music, general brilliance.
On a Butterfield & Robinson trip walking from Piemonte to Portofino. I am one of the few newbies. Most of the others—a few couples, some friends like us, and a few singletons—have been on multiple B&R trips before. Walking, eating fabulous food and staying in fabulous places along the way. This morning before our walk we went truffle hunting with Beppe and his dog Rex. Then we ate one of the black truffles Rex found at lunch. Tonight white truffles at dinner in a Michelin starred restaurant in Alba. (Confession: I copped out of part of the afternoon walk in favor of a massage.) Not too shabby.
M, a French magazine, gets it right when it comes to advertising cashmere.