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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Truffles, wine and the ultimate activity holiday for gourmets 

I am partial to Barolo; it is described as the king of wines and the wine of kings because of its regal characteristics. This splendid red from the Piedmont region of Italy conjures up visions of deep velvet; life takes on a mellow glow after a glass or two and learning that the 2000 vintage has just been released to high acclaim, had me salivating at the prospect of imbibing.

Dribbling over my keyboard, I browsed the Italian food and wine sites, which led me to Mama Margeret and friends. Mama Margaret (Margaret Cowan and friends) organize Italian cooking, wine and walking tours. Their tours run in Piedmont, Cinque Terre, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Umbria, a number of which take in the famous Alba Truffle Festival.

The Alba White Truffle National Festival is currently in full swing and events run until 7 November 2004. The Truffle Bacchanale on Saturday is a celebration of medieval traditions with food and wine tastings and traditional music groups. Historical monuments in Alba will be floodlit.

Cover your keyboard before clicking on the links and savoring the prospects of tantalizing Italian dishes with truffles and a glass or two of Barolo.

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