To start our European Summer, we were seduced by central Italy. Starting in Montalcino at Castiglion del Bosco, in Tuscany, we got introduced to the good life through days on the vineyard. Lovingly restored by the Ferragamo family, it is now a well-heeled (pun intended) retreat in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. As the fifth largest producer of Brunello di Montalcino, the importance of the wine and it’s heritage has left a visible mark on all the locals.
We spent a few days learning about the land (and it’s many tasty productions), brushing up on our pasta making skills, and sipping wine made mere feet away in the afternoon. Follow along below, and let us know if we should set aside any bottles from this trip for your own Italian wine adventure!
Wine list wisdom via Voltaire
2006 SALCO Salcheto Nobile Di Montepulciano
Our inaugural margherita pizza: a necessity
Local knowledge on best wineries in town, to branch out from from Salcheto & Castello di AMA
Night 2. Garden Party
Resident dog Rose living la dolce vita at Castiglion del Bosco shows us the way around the garden before dinner.
The garden grows everything from strawberries to fennel, to basil to onion
Herbs take center stage on the dinner table
White Bean Crostini, from the region that made them famous
Zucchini from the garden
Day 3. Cooking Class
Getting our hands dirty
A gentle roll on the chitarra
Every good central Italian sauce starts with celery, carrot and onion.
The best part? We built a case of the wines we tasted along the way! Email us to get your case, and watch this space for some more detailed information on the wine flowing through this idyllic week…
Cin Cin From Your Pocket Somms! – ARGAUX