DaVinci “Welcome” Video~

An Italian Adventurer’s Journal


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While I was in Vinci, Italy, I shot a lot of video. Besides using the written word, I also wanted to share Vinci with you via images and sound. “Welcome” is the first of a 3-part video series and here you get a look at DaVinci Wine and the Casale di Valle hunting lodge where I stayed. Two more videos are in the making “Brother Brunello,” video 2—a feature on DaVinci’s “Brunello di Montalcino” red wine and “Good People,” video 3—featuring the Italy and the Italian people themselves.

Enjoy this “An Italian Adventurer’s Journal” video entry!

Buon Appetito~


*Missed my other DaVinci Wine “Italian Adventurer’s Journal” entries? No worries! Check out my past journal entries HERE for all of my DaVinci Wine “2012 Storyteller” experiences’ posts.

About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at www.beyondthepasta.com and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

"Beyond the Pasta" is owned and operated by Mark Leslie. Unless otherwise specified all content, writing, recipes and photography is original and held in copyright through the Library of Congress. It may not be used without the express written consent of Mark Leslie.