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Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2011 by Mike Manchester

Ciao di nuovo a tutti!

Spring is upon us and this year we can actually tell.  Last year at this time of year we had a freak snowstorm.  I won’t go as far as to say that the sun is the actual property of Tuscany (like one particular American author) however I can say that when it shines, over here, life is good.

This past weekend we made a trip to Pienza to taste some Pecorino cheese.  For those of you who don’t know the word pecora in Italian means sheep.  one certain breed of sheep, originally from Sardegna,  made its way (along with humans) about 50-60 years ago to the Tuscan region.  The Sardinian breed is famous for it’s milk-producing qualities and pecorino originally comes from the island.  There you go!  That’s how we get the word pecorino (or) sheep cheese.

We also visited Adamo Contucci’s wine cellar.  If you’re a fan of Rick Steves, then you may have already seen some information on Moltepulciano’s Contucci winery.  Adamo Contucci has been making wine for 65 years and his family has been doing the same for more than 600 years.  He knows what he’s doing.  His wines are excellent.

Lastly, and probably most important… I must mention our conference that we are organizing.  We at SIS are putting on a huge conference that will take place on may 7th and 8th.  Just go to the homepage to find out more.  We’re all working incredibly hard to make sure that the conference is a success.

The view from Pienza


poster-70-100 click to see our poster for the conference!

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