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Posted Jun 21, 2017
Porto Ercole, Tuscany, Italy

“We Italians understand and appreciate the magical synergy that is created when the joys of conversation and intimacy commingle with the pleasures of beautiful food and drink.” -Piergiogio Nicoletti

Where we learned to drink like an Italian.

One of the first stops when we landed in Italy was Hotel Il Pellicano. It’s slightly hard to get to, but worth the effort in the end. It’s located in Porto Ercole on a small cliff above the Tuscan coastline of Monte Argentario. The hotel is carved into the cliff. It’s a place where boutique and luxury become one. Bougainvillea seems to be the foundation of the hotel and perfectly manicured cobblestone leads you to a pool which seems to ever so slightly cascade into the Tyrrhenian Sea below it.

Cherry on top you may ask? They make a mean Negroni and their Apperol Spritz ain’t bad either.

Its no secret that Italians know how to drink. It is part of their culture, it’s appreciated, and it symbolizes love, unity, and joy.

Americans seem to be finally taking note from our Italian friends. As I have already mentioned in my 2017 Food & Wine Trends blog, this is the summer of Apperol and if you aren’t familiar, I’d step up your game. Apperol Spritz are going to be popping up on restaurant patios from LA to Manhattan and learning to drink like an Italian will bode you well. 

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Cheers from your Pocket Somm! – Margaux


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