Monday, January 25, 2016

CCR Wine Tasting: Aglianico from Campania and Basilicata - February 13, 2016

This event is now full.

Full-bodied and richly-textured, Aglianico is the primary red grape of Campania and Basilicata and considered by many to be one of the best red wines of Italy. On our first tasting of the season, we will compare aglianicos from the two top DOC regions of Taburno and Vulture. And our sommelier plans to introduce a few non-aglianico surprises from these regions. At the end of the tasting we will share appetizers, a light dinner and enjoy ‘les fonds de bouteilles’. 

Where: Hosted by CCR members in the Via Tagliamento area -- details will be sent to registered participants.
When: Saturday February 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  €25 for members (€35 for non-members)
RSVP to Linda and Paul by Wednesday Feb. 10, at Please note that you are financially responsible for your reservation. 

Each session is given in French and Italian and focuses on a specific theme relative to Italian wines.

Daniele Maestri, well-known Italian sommelier and a favorite among CCR members for his knowledgeable and lively presentations, will again lead this lecture and wine-tasting. For those interested in ‘wining and dining’, Daniele is one of the editors of “Bibenda – Vini d’Italia” -- a guide to Italian wines produced by the Italian Sommelier Foundation.

CCR Walks with Olivia: Garibaldi on the Janiculum - February 21, 2016

February 1849 marks the declaration of the ill-fated Roman Republic (February to July 1849). Today, on the leafy Janiculum hill overlooking Trastevere, we can still follow the desperate charge of Garibaldi's impetuous young men as they blazed their path to death and glory from Porta San Pancrazio, and learn the story of the men and women from all walks of life and from many different countries who fought for Italian unity on the Janiculum and in Trastevere against overwhelming odds.

When: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
Time: 9:45 a.m. departure, 9:30 for coffee beforehand.
Meeting point: Exact location to be provided to those registered for this walk.
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 non-members.
RVSP required by Thu., Feb. 18th, ATTN Peter at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTE: Please bring correct change.

CCR Book Club - February 26, 2016

The Guardian calls Anthony Doerr's "All the Light You Cannot See" a "a sprawling 530-page novel, winner of [2015’s] Pulitzer prize for fiction, about a girl and her father in Paris, and what befalls them when the Nazi occupation of Paris drives them out." As usual, we will be discussing the novel (in English) before enjoying a potluck meal together.

When: Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Via Nazionale area -- exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Nicoletta know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

CCR Walks with Olivia: Risorgimento Museum at Piazza Venezia - February 7, 2016

February 1861 marks the institution of Italy's first National Parliament. People are often surprised to find that, inspite of its glorious past, Italy was one of the latest among Western Europe's countries to achieve unity. Italy's struggle for independence is illustrated by a series of sometimes curious, sometimes poignant mementos, in one of the city's lesser-known museums, located in the huge Monument to Victor Emanuel II overlooking Piazza Venezia.

When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
Time: 9:45 a.m., 9:30 for coffee beforehand.
Meeting point: Exact location to be provided to those registered for this walk.
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 non-members, plus €5 admission ticket.
RVSP required by Thu., Feb. 4th, ATTN Peter at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTE: Please bring correct change.

It's Never Too Late to Learn: Knitwits - February 11, 2016

Our members come up with the best ideas! Our "Never Too Late to Learn" series is on a roll. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but... hey, who are you calling old? All joking aside, this series will prove it's never too late and bring out the hidden talents of our members and friends. The tricks of artisans, tradespeople, technicians and everyday people are all ready to spark our creative minds.

The first session of the series is "Knitwits" -- for both neophytes and experts. We will be teaching and sharing the lost art of knitting, crocheting, needlework and any other handiwork that comes to mind!

Those attending are asked to bring snacks, tea or wine to share. Numbers will be limited due to space.

When: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Private residence, Monte Mario area (near the Cavalieri Hotel) -- exact address sent to confirmed participants.
RSVP: ATTN Diana, specifying what you will be bringing.
Note: Participants are asked to bring light snacks and wine or specialty teas, etc. to share with others.