In Sardinia more people live to be 100 or older than anywhere else in the world. And as a scientific study has shown, this longevity is attributable not to the Sardinian gene pool but rather to the island’s relaxed and healthy lifestyle. But by no means do Sardinians live like monks. Indeed, Sardinia is an earthly paradise for people who love fine food, including fragrant bread fresh out of the oven, delectable skewered meats roasted over an open pit, spectacularly fresh seafood, countless varieties of Sardinian Pecorino cheese, not to mention fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the grower and of course full-bodied wines. Sardinian cuisine is famed for its use of fresh, in-season ingredients from the Mediterranean region. And what could be better than enjoying a glass of Sardinian red wine while you wait for your pasta, porchetto or arragosta and pick out words you understand from the undercurrent of neighboring conversations. Memorable too are visits to Sardinia’s cantina sociale where local wines, including Grappa, are produced and sold.