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Hirsch & Parr to bring In Pursuit of Balance to Houston in early 2015

2 Oct

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jasmine hirsch best pinot noirIt was really fun to sit down with Sonoma Coast producer Jasmine Hirsch yesterday at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted in Houston where she led a guided tasting of her wines for collectors.

In my view, hers is one of the most dynamic voices in American wine today.

She revealed to me that she and Raj Parr are bringing the controversial In Pursuit of Balance festival to Houston next year. It’s another sign that Houston is becoming one of the leading wine destinations in the U.S.

The festival and the new stop on its tour are the topics for my post today for the Houston Press.

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Where to Drink Wine In Rome

31 May


There are a lot of options for winelovers in Rome, but some are better than others.



Hiking in the Castelli Romani

10 May

We are going to start offering hiking tours starting in the local hills just outside if Rome.


This was taken on a great trail above the magical Lago di Nemi.

contact us for excursions from Rome

The Cradle of Wine: Republic of Georgia

7 Apr

Last week I spoke about Wine Culture at the IWINETC and also on a panel on using social media for wine tourism. I loved the people, food and wine of Georgia beyond words.


Italy Bans GMO corn

12 Jul

Food Bloggers Against Hunger

8 Apr


Today Antiqua Tours, along with The Rome Digest donated blog(s) to the fight against hunger.  Check out The Rome Digest and Tasting Rome

Where did this movement start and why?

A Visit To Palazzo della Cancelleria

29 Jan

Facade of the Palace


Family Crest of the della Rovere


The inner courtyard



Inner Courtyard


Copy of Roman relief from the burial chamber of a Roman general that fought under Domitian (found on site)-Original in the Vatican Museums


The fireplace (the most interested part of this hall


Gorgeous Ceiling


The strangest Jonah I have ever laid eyes on-Salviati


Cappella del Palio-Salviati


Ceiling in the Cappella del Palio-F. Salviati

Palazzo della Cancelleria was built between 1489 and 1513 for the Cardinal Riario who was the chancel of the Pope.  It is one of the first palaces in Rome built from the ground up in the “new” Renaissance style using scavenged travertine from the nearby Theatre of Pompey as well as Egyptian granite columns that were originally used to build the 5th century church San Lorenzo in Damascus.  This church was engulfed by the palace.  Many hands have played a part in the execution of this palace including some of the most important families in Roman history such as the Della Rovere, the Farnese.  Some sources claim the palace is based on the designs of the great Bramante.

A visit to the place gives us a great idea of how Renaissance palaces looked like in Rome.  The palace is in a strategic area where there were two markets.  Inside you can see murals by Vasari and you can visit a chapel decorated by the mannerist artist Francesco Salviati in the Cappella del Palio.  Worth a visit to see the fireplace Julius III escaped from.

If you are interested in a private visit to this palace or any other place, please feel free to contact us at

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