Above: on Sunday morning we took the girls to the Renzo Piano-designed Menil Museum in Houston to see its awesome collection of Magritte paintings. That’s Lila Jane wearing her “my dad is Do Bianchi” t-shirt, given to her by Vinogirl.
Things were a little heavy last week here on the blog. I really appreciate all the folks who shared my post on Friday and offered words of support and solidarity. It was hard to write but I felt it was important.
Now it’s time to get back to what the blog is really about: our lives, our loves, our passions…
Above: The girls’ Levy cousins, who live here in Houston, came over to play on Friday. We’re so blessed to have a family that loves us. From left, that’s Georgia P, Josie, and Colin.
On Friday, Alfonso aka “the Italian wine guy” posted an excellent aggregate of online Italian wine resources. I was honored to be part of it and I really like his note on how true wine appreciation is like learning to play a musical instrument. Practice, practice, practice… It’s a great post, on many levels (and Alfonso’s blog has never been more exciting imho).
Above: the Branch cousins came in from Orange, Texas for a few days earlier in the week while I was in Chicago. The main reason for our move to Houston was to be closer to family and we are so lucky to have them. Clockwise, Tobey, Emilee, Brady, Lila Jane, and Georgia P in the center.
In other news…
On Friday, I translated this post on the Bianchetta grape for my client Luca Ferraro at Bele Casel.
Luca’s working with some old-vine Bianchetta that he found in a newly purchased vineyard.
I really love Luca’s approach to biodiversity and his embrace of traditions that span far beyond the Prosecco boom.
With Glera so widely planted in Asolo-Conegliano-Valdobbiadene (thanks to its lucrative returns), Bianchetta is an underdog these days.
It’s going to be really interesting to see what Luca does with these old plantings.
Check out the post here. You might be surprised by Bianchetta’s role in Veneto viticulture before the Prosecco advent.
Above: we are so fortunate to have daughters who love to eat.
In family news…
Friday marked our third week in the new house in Houston. We love it here and we love our new home (a fun Mid-Century Modern three-bedroom in a nice neighborhood just outside “the Loop”).
Saturday, Tracie P and I had our first date night since we’ve moved: we went to Tony’s and were treated to the best table in the house and butternut squash gnocchi topped with Norcia truffles among other delicacies.
And Sunday, we threw our first Houston dinner party (Tracie P’s Carbonara paired with Selvapiana).
It’s a really special time in our lives and our blessings are too many to count.
Thanks for being here… More groovy stuff to come this week.