Stories written by Larry Olmsted
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The Gourmet Traveler: Eating and Drinking in Puglia, Italy

Not what most people expect when they close their eyes and imagine Italy, Puglia’s landscape has as much in common with North Africa across the sea as with the rest of Continental Europe. It’s flat, arid and empty, in a starkly impressive way, its buildings shimmering white or the locally distinctive pointy stone towers. It […]

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Champagne 101

No country is more famous for wine than France, and no French wine is as famous as Champagne.  It’s the stuff of celebrations, coronations and christenings, but while everyone knows its name, few realize that it is a made under stricter legal and quality controls than any other wine on earth. As a result, there […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Italian Wine

Though only half the size of France, and less than three quarters that of California, Italy makes more wine than any other country on earth. But Italy matches quantity with quality, and in particular, with value at all levels. It makes enjoyable cheap wines, excellent mid-priced wines, and its most collectible and prized labels are […]

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Beginner’s Guide to French Wine

No country on earth is as synonymous with all things wine as France, home to the biggest and most collectible names, the most imitated styles, and the wine known the world over for its place of origin, Champagne. Wine is made in every part of France, from the cool Atlantic coast in the north to […]

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The American Wine Guide

It might surprise you to hear that wine is produced in all 50 U.S. States, including Alaska and Hawaii, with hundreds of different grape varieties on offer. For most wine lovers, four key varietals define America’s wine palate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. And with a few notable exceptions, the story of American […]

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Cycling Through Tuscany

Golfers have St. Andrews, divers dream of the Great Barrier Reef, and for climbers Mount Everest is the Holy Grail. For cyclists, Tuscany is the world’s most popular vacation destination, and justifiably so. Incredibly friendly Italian drivers yield on bucolic roads that wind past vineyards and stunning flowers while linking medieval hill towns, each more […]

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Say Cheese! On the Fondue Trail in the Alps

North American ski resorts boast great snow, fantastic terrain, and lots of their own charms, but they can’t really hold a candle to one aspect of the European ski vacation – cheese. Close your eyes and draw a mental picture of the Alps, and chances are good it will include fondue pots and cow bells, […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Deer Valley, Utah

Known as one of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts, Deer Valley is synonymous with guest pampering, from its famously groomed “corduroy” trails to its uniformed staff greeting and assisting arriving guests to its better take on slopeside dining. It famously refuses to use anything less than real plates and silverware even in on-mountain cafeterias, […]