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The Italian Dispatch #4

The Italian Dispatch #4

Inspiration and Contraband Whenever I am fortunate enough to return to Italy for a month or a week, I always return inspired and ready to hop behind the stove. Usually, this means a few tricks up my sleeve and some contraband rice or tuna in my suitcase. One of my...
The Italian Dispatch #3

The Italian Dispatch #3

Cellar Stank and Citric Acid I left you on a harvest break, relaxing in the grass with an overstuffed mortadella panino and a sawed-off plastic water bottle of crisp, orange wine. Not a terrible way to unwind before moving from the field to the cellar, where things...
The Italian Dispatch #2

The Italian Dispatch #2

Goats, Biodynamic Apples, and Drought Upon arriving in Northern Italy, I found a frighteningly arid landscape dotted with obvious signs of drought. Half the country had received no more than two solid rainfalls throughout the entire calendar year. Climate change is...
The Italian Dispatch #1

The Italian Dispatch #1

Introductions and Footwear Preferences My name is Evan, and you may know me from the shop where I hold down the fort on weekends, espousing my love for all things natty, usually in a reissued vintage pair of Nike Air Max. I recently spent the harvest season in...