Hello, Vineyard Adventurers! We wanted to let you know that the regional blogging series will be continuing, but life happens while you’re making other plans. An intense month of doing business in Italy and some personal life changes have us rearranging many things around here. Thanks for staying with us, we’ll be back with you…
Tuscany is truly a magical place to rent a car and just drive around, and for some to hire a driver. The rolling hills, the hairpin turns, the slamming on of the breaks, the weaving in and out of traffic.
“…lightly, softly, go yourself, to Tuscany…” – Guido Cavalcanti
It took me over a week to fall asleep without earplugs when I moved into my apartment in Sant’Angelo in Colle, a tiny hamlet close to Montalcino in Tuscany (Siena province) where I lived for nearly 3 months. My beautiful top floor (just a 3 floor walk up) apartment was directly across from the church whose bells would chime on the hour all night long.
“This does NOT look like the postcards,” I said to myself looking out across the vineyards during my very first trip to Chianti in Tuscany.
The scenery of Tuscany is glorious, but for me, the very most enchanting part of Tuscany is the food and wine.
Delicious Umbrian Recipe from our dear friends at Locanda del Teatro in Montefalco
A delicious, traditional Ragu Toscano recipe from our dear friends at Il Leccio Ristorante/Enoteca in Sant’Angelo in Colle
This recipe is a twist on the classic recipe which is usually served cold with lemon and capers. I’ve made some changes to better accompany the rich flavors of our Brunnello di Montalcino, adding rich Marscapone to give it body and omitting the lemon.
One of the best reasons to visit Umbria is that it’s a bit out of the way of the usual path of the major cities. Here is how to get there.
Umbria possesses a wealth of cultural heritage as well as a natural beauty giving the region the nickname, “The Green Heart of Italy.” It is called this partly due to its physical location landlocked in the center of the boot, and partly due to its beautiful, rolling green hills fed by the lakes and rivers that sustain its verdure. From underground Roman cisterns to modern art museums and jazz, to the outdoors and everything in between, the culture in Umbria has something to offer literally anyone.
Being the only landlocked region of Italy gives Umbria a unique foodshed compared to the other regions of Italy with their often ample coastlines. Umbria is best known for its more land-based products, many of which are even D.O.P. certified.
A recap of Italian Wine Week 2017 in New York City.