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Wines in Peru

Thanks much for the info. I'm pretty sure that we won't make it to Ica, but having a couple of winery names in hand is a start. I'm not even sure about the method of selling wine and alcohol in Peru - whether it's all state run in a couple of shops or private and everywhere. I'll see soon enough.

Wines in Peru

I'm going to be spending a week in Peru (Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu) and, even though it's going to be a real rushed visit, I'd like to try some local Peruvian wines. Does anyone know how easy it is to locate wines from Peru? Are there particular producers that you would recommend? Are there suggested locations for buying the wines?

I know all about Pisco - and will definitely have my fair share - but there are no Peruvian wines for sale in the Vancouver market and I'd like to take advantage of what might be a once in a lifetime opportunity?

Thanks to everyone in advance.

Picnics in Rome

I'd like to thank everyone for the responses. They are greatly appreciated - or should I say Grazie Mille. I see that both Volpetti and Campo de' Fiori are closed on Sunday. That will likely be one of our picnic days - especially as we're hoping to go to the Borghese that day. Any ideas on how to stock a picnic "basket" on a Sunday morning?

Sep 28, 2008
chasbob in Italy

Have car, will travel: truffle festivals this fall?

I'm sorry that I don't have any information about festivals myself, but I do have a related question We also will be travelling in Piedmont during truffle season and are hoping to go on a truffle hunt. In taking such a hunt/tour, you are apparently allowed to purchase truffles at "out of the ground" prices. I would love to take advantage of the opportunity, but don't think that we would be able to bring any truffles back to Canada with us - since they are likely considered agricultural products. Does anyone have any practical experience in bringing back truffles to Canada or North America?

Sep 28, 2008
chasbob in Italy

Picnics in Rome

Hello. We're brand, spanking new to Chowhound as a friend just referred us to the site. We're just about to head off to Italy for our first time. I've been scanning the postings for suggestions on restaurants and it all seems both daunting and exciting. I have two specific questions to ask about Rome - if anyone has some suggestions. 1) We like to hit food shops and just buy some items for a picnic to eat and watch the world go by. Can anyone suggest some locations that might be appropriate for sitting and eating al fresco on a bench or the grass - preferably with a view to the city or people-watching? 2) If we do eat in a park or other location, are we allowed to drink wine while eating there? (Technically, we're not allowed to do that here in Vancouver.) If it makes any difference, we'll be staying in the Aventine Hill district.
Thanks a lot, in advance, for any advice. We're getting very excited.

Sep 27, 2008
chasbob in Italy