Columbus’s patron for his initial voyage was Queen Isabella from Spain. I recently had dinner with Isabella, Isabella Oddero that is, from the Cantina Oddero. Not only did I get to enjoy Barolo spanning 5 decades but I was also able to sneak in both Isabella and Italy, in a nod to the land of Columbus’ birth.
While Oddero doesn’t date from 1492, being founded only in 1878, they nonetheless represent a wonderful and historic continuity in a region that has undergone significant change over the past two decades.
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Spain and France played intricate roles in Columbus' life.Sitges Mostra des Vins
Columbus sailed from Spain on his voyages of discovery. Lindy Hemsley reports on the Sitges Mostra des Vins. Perhaps the world’s only seaside wine expo, the Sitges Festival features the best wines from the Penedes region of Spain. Read Lindy’s unique take on the event and her time there.
Winter White Wonderland
Carrie Crespo has written a lovely piece on the Whites of the France's Rhone Valley. While there may not seem to be a connection to Columbus, it is said that his earliest work on a ship was in the service of Rene I of Anjou, a bit far from the Rhone, though Rene also ruled over Provence, midway between Genoa and the Rhone!