Month: February 2015

Ceramics and Kitchenware Galore- a trip to Nove

Nove is a small town about 20 minutes way from us that is famous for its handmade ceramics. Many famous companies (Lenox, Tiffany and Co, Williams-Sonoma, etc) acquire their pieces from here. We went to the largest of the stores in Nove, called La Ceramica VBC. The ground floor is the workshop, where they fire and paint the pieces. Upstairs houses the shop- floor to ceiling shelves with pieces for any budget and taste. Speaking of budget- since we are buying straight from the factory all of these pieces (even the fanciest ones!) sell for significantly less than market price in the states. The store does a wonderful job setting up displays so you can see how to put all the pieces together on your table. I saw several beautiful things but did not buy anything for myself on this trip. We will be here long enough that I am sure I will be back. My favorite pattern is a lace print where they actually lay lace on top of the clay to make the pattern. Better start thinking about what you might need to buy when you come to visit! 🙂

Wine Wednesday… the first of many

I spent Wednesday afternoon with a great group of girls traveling to two local wineries. The first, Villa Sceriman (http://www.villasceriman.it/Home.aspx) was about 35 minutes from town. The grounds were beautiful and I can just imagine how lovely it would be to sit outside in the spring or summer. The building itself was built in 1447, 1521, or sometime in the 1700’s. Anyways, it is old! The tasting room is in the old stable and is decorated in a rustic fashion. The outside of the villa was being worked on so no pictures for you today. After we tasted several wines, we shared a large spread of fresh cheese, salami, proscuitto, and warm bread.  I bought a couple bottles of a white blend to take home.

Next stop- Muraro Enomas Cantine. This place is very close to town and is a favorite with the Americans because of the giant vats of wine that are “pour your own.” You can taste all you want (help yourself) and then fill up your reusable wine bottles and go on about your way. Your pockets will only be about 1-2 Euro lighter.

The Veneto region is known for its wine- especially prosecco. To be honest, I am not a fan of bubbly wines. And the frizzante rosso… ugh! But, that is what is great about wine- it only matters if the person drinking it likes it, no matter what the wine snobs say.   Cin cin!