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Bottles of Campofiorin from Masi Agricola. Credit: Copyright 2016 courtesy of Masi Agricola Archives

Amarone, with its dense Port-like body that drapes the palate like a rich, velvety robe, ranks high on my list of favorite Italian wines Produced in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, Amarone has layers of earthiness accented with traces of mocha and a hint of bitterness. It is made from

Tatin of Summer Squash and/or Zucchini, Tomatoes and Anchovies. Credit: Copyright 2016 Sue Style

Zucchini? Or courgettes? Same difference; it just depends where you live. For some unexplained reason, we Brits took the French name for this delicate and delicious vegetable, while Americans preferred the Italian name -- which is also strange, because the whole, diverse cucurbit family to which these belong came originally

Crystal clear water used for salt production splashes back and forth in front of Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn. Credit: Copyright 2016 Hiroko Shimbo

Timothy Charles, at the exquisite Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, showed me the precious harvest in his palm. I had been impressed with the flavor of a tiny sprinkle of sparkling sea salt over hotel-churned butter that was served in a small cup with bread during my stay. It reminded me

The Santomas winery, with the town of Koper in the distance, lies in Slovenian Istria. Credit: Copyright 2016 Marjan Močivnik

The wines of Slovenia are being rediscovered after Slovenia's emergence from the old Yugoslavia, and there are now pockets of excellent vineyards all over the country. Recently, I was in the Istrian part of Slovenia, which is sandwiched between the much larger Croatian Istria and the Italian city of Trieste. Essentially,

Kim Il-sun prepares dalkgalbe -- spicy chicken with vegetables, stir-fried in soju -- at Auntie's Soju Tent. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

Soju tents once dotted the Korean landscape like craters on Mars. Usually made of red or orange tarpaulin, they filled every empty lot, squatted slum, and busy thoroughfare in the country. Heated by portable propane stoves in the winter, open to the elements in the summer, soju tents were where busy

Zucchini with tomatoes. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clifford A. Wright

If you’ve ever grown your own zucchini, then you know how prolific the plant’s fruit can grow -- so plentiful you can’t give them away. There are many uses for this versatile summer vegetable overshadowed of late because of the faddishness of other vegetables. Don’t ignore the noble zucchini only

A view of the Getty Center from the top of Moraga’s Bel Air vineyards. Credit: Copyright 2016 Zester Media

Standing at the crest of Moraga Estate's hillside vineyard, you can see Santa Monica Bay and feel the cool Pacific breezes that mark the estate's wines. Moraga's fruit ripens slowly, resulting in an elegance that eludes Bordeaux-style wines from Napa Valley and other California regions prone to heat spikes. But that's

Owner Shapour Nasrollahi relaxes at Persian Palace, the spiciest restaurant in Seoul. Credit: Copyright 2016 Martyn Thompson

South Korea is proud of its spicy food. It is one of very few cold weather countries to embrace the chili pepper. Foreigners are often incredulously asked, "You can eat that?" when tucking into a bowl of kimchi jjigae or a plate of fire chicken. But the hottest food in South