Posts Tagged "red wine"

La Quercia Rossa

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 | 0 comments

Coming from the east coast of the U.S., where it is uncommon to find whole, unprocessed hazelnuts at the grocery store, the prospect of visiting a working hazelnut orchard in Piedmont–home of the chocolate hazelnut spread made famous by Nutella–was too exciting of an opportunity to pass up. Some regard the Piedmontese hazelnut as the most delicious and most viable variety for culinary use, as its pliable consistency lends itself well to cakes, creams, and chocolates. La Quercia Rossa is a third-generation family farm turned agriturismo that uses their own crop to produce a variety...

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I Sognatori

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 | 0 comments

After sampling a variety of delicious Barbera wines at Alba’s Saturday Farmer’s Market, Marcos and I decided it was about time to find some good food to soak up all of the hearty red wine. We asked the wine vendor if she knew of a good place that served traditional fare, to which she immediately replied with enthusiasm, “I Sognatori (The Dreamers), right over there!” We walked about a block to find an unassuming pink corner restaurant with grapevines twirling around the awning. The interior decor was filled with old, slightly dusty wooden furniture and gentle natural lighting. We...

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Tuscany tour

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 | 0 comments

  We will be traveling to Tuscany from November 12th to 20th with a group of 6-7 dedicated food and wine lovers to tour vineyards and explore artisanal local foods. The tour will begin and end in Florence and travel south to Montepulciano and Montalcino, which have produced some of Italy’s greatest wines for eight centuries. We will spend several days exploring Siena and the Chianti district and will visit to the stunning medieval sites of Monte San Savino and Monte Oliveto Maggiore. This trip is for serious food lovers, including first-time visitors and those those who already know...

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In vino veritas

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 | 0 comments

This time of year, the air becomes sweet and sticky in the countryside of the Chianti district, the part of Tuscany fortunately situated between Florence and Siena. The grapes, already fermenting on the vines, make their presence felt with every intake of breath. These same little fruits, plucked and squeezed, will ferment and mature in wood and then glass until that magical moment when it is decanted, then swirled, sniffed, and sipped. Tuscany has been producing wine since it was Etruria, home to the ancient Etruscans. They almost certainly picked up their knowledge and love of wine from the...

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