Harmony in the Vineyard is available for pre-order on Amazon
It is part of Romancing the Wine box set, which is also available on Amazon
Growing up in Sicily, Italy taught me to appreciate a good wine during meals. Yes, I was allowed to drink wine since the age of two where a few drops of red wine were watered down with half a glass of water. It was still wine. By the time I turned ten I could actually drink wine straight, not only in the home but at public restaurants.
I still remember a clear summer’s day in early September, the family gathered at my uncle’s farm for a wonderful dinner. Please note that dinner in Italy is eaten between the hours of 12:00pm and 2:00pm.
My grandmother came out of the house, carrying a tray full of sausage and lamb chops one of my aunts followed close behind with another tray filled with vegetable. The table, twenty-foot long, already filled with breads, cheeses and fruits sat in front of the house. We the children ran around playing freeze tag and screaming.
The fresh air smelled of fresh fruits, ripe vegetable. and freshly baked bread still fuming hot from the oven. The breeze played with the paper napkins, tumbling them across the table.
“Grab them before they fly away,” one aunt yelled out as she rushed for the table.
As I remember the three to four hour meal, followed by coffee and talk until dusk, it makes me want to go back and relive those days as an adult to enjoy the discussions and the banter of a large family who spent a great deal of time sharing life.
Remembering my childhood has made me join another box set: multicultural romance. I haven’t started yet, but I know I want to put a lot of my Italian culture in it. Married to a Lebanese and having visited Lebanon and spent time with his family, very similar to mine, makes for an interesting mix and story. The box set will be coming out in 2017, so keep an eye out for it. Time flies.