Learn Italian with B & G?!?

You can now muddle your way through learning Italian the same way we do.  Every morning, we have a couple of cappuccini and practice some vocabulary.

We use an iPad app called “Flashcards Deluxe” and a deck of cards we assembled by combining lists of commonly used Italian words gleaned from the web.  The app will set you back $3.99.  (You can also download the free version; it will only let you use six cards, but it’s worth it if you want to decide whether to shell out the $3.99!)

If you want to use the app, you’ll need to shell out the cheddar.  But we’ve made the deck available to you so you can learn right along with us.  Here’s how you can grab our deck:

  • Go to the main screen of the Flashcards Deluxe (or Deluxe Lite) app, and tap on the “+” icon
  • Tap on “Shared Library”
  • Tap on “Search” and then enter “Tutto Doppio”
  • You’ll see a listing for “Tutto Doppio’s basic vocabulary deck”
  • Tap that listing
  • Then tap “Download”

The vocabulary deck will be downloaded to your iPad or iPhone; this process might take a couple of minutes, so have a cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine.  Piano, piano!

Once the download is complete, you’ll be asked whether you’d like to return to the main screen.  Tap “Yes” and you’ll be taken to a page that shows the Tutto Doppio basic vocabulary deck.  Just click on that, and you’ll be on your way to muddling through Italian the Tutto Doppio way!  Bocca al lupo!!



San Benedetto Del Tronto gets HAPPY

Family, friends, the sea… what more do we need to be happy?  Meet the folks of the delightful beach town down the hill from Tutto Doppio!

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House For Sale!

It’s official! The St. Louis joint is on the market.  And the place is looking so good we’re tempted to cancel our plans to move.  (Okay, not quite, but almost.)

Check out the great video of the house here.


Wine Enthusiast Talks Le Marche Wines – Including Our Beloved Pecorino

Check out the March edition of Wine Enthusiast.  They cover Le Marche, calling it “Italy’s Best Kept Secret.”  Here’s a little taste:

Often translated as “the Marches,” this Central Italian region has it all. Pristine beaches and rugged shorelines hug the sapphire-blue Adriatic. Rolling hills lie covered with vines and olive groves. There are well-preserved medieval towns and cultural centers, wonderful cuisine and great wines.

What you won’t find are the throngs of tourists that descend regularly on Tuscany, situated on the opposite coast, although crowds do show up at the main beaches in peak season.

They also talk a bit about the wines of Ascoli Piceno, the slice of heaven where Tutto Doppio is located… and the tasty white wine to which we’ve taken a particular cotton:

… the most interesting wines from the undulating hills around Ascoli Piceno are white, especially the small production of Offida Pecorino DOCG. 

Nearly extinct in the early 1980s, the Pecorino grape was saved by local winemaker Guido Cocci Grifoni, who, after years of experimentation, made his first vintage of 100% Pecorino in 1990.

Because of its intense floral aromas of acacia and jasmine, rich white-fruit flavors, creamy texture and mineral notes, more wineries are now producing this fascinating wine, which pairs well with fish and white meats.

Can’t wait to get back to the farm!


Is That a Trick Question?

We really got a kick out of this email exchange between a friend of ours and her sister about whether they should come visit us on the farm.  (Note: I’ve redacted the names and potty mouth language, in case Dad sees this entry.  For the rest of y’all, I think “WTFY” is a nice shorthand for “absolutely.”)


Surf’s Up, Le Marche Style!

G and I spent Thanksgiving with our family on the island of Kauai. Although I spent a lot of time in the ocean as a kid, I never took up surfing. But I did give it a spin on Kauai… and am really interested in pursuing it a bit more.

Imagine how happy I was to learn that – every so often – the sea in Civitanova (about an hour north of Tutto Doppio) is suitable for surfing!  Can’t wait to check out the scene next fall.

Here’s a little clip of some of the action.  Gnarly, giusto?



Beautiful Le Marche – Through the Eyes of Marco Gentili


Our Ripatransone Neighbors Star on Italian TV!

Tooling around YouTube uncovered this RAI 3 television show focusing on the people and culture of Ripatransone.


Making appearances are:

  • Stefano Acciarri — Stefano and his family are the hardest working people we know.  They grow delicious organic things year round, and make some of the very best olive oil.  We procured our little baby olive trees from Stefano!
  • Alessandro Capecci — Alessandro runs a pasta shop in “downtown” Ripatransone. He also gave G a cooking lesson at Le Caniette during one of our earliest visits to the area.
  • Roberto Pasquali — We only met Roberto once, very briefly, at Caffe Blob in Santa Maria Goretti. Our good friend Pietro arranged for us to try out a couple of bottles of his Rosso Piceno.  It was absolutely DELICIOUS!

In addition, there are a number of other talented folks from Ripatransone. We can’t wait to meet the rest of them around town!