In Vino Veritas...
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April 25th, 2007 – by: stodbrown
I have been to Italy seven times, and thought I had seen petty much what it had to offer. Again, I was wrong. We rented a car, and drove to Florence.
We pulled into Greve, and stopped at the tourinst information office. Ten minutes later we had an agro-tourist B&B booked. The name of our B&B was Casse le Masse, it's a working vinyard and olive orchard, and they have their own wine and olive oil to boot. The place was absolutely perfect. The little lady running it was absolutely perfect. Our room was perfect.
Our first day there, we headed down into town where they have a wine museum. It was awesome! Not only was there an abundance of information on wine, which I could use at a latter date, there were also several hundred bottles which you could sample from. It was right up my alley to be sure. So, we tasted a bunch of wine, and then drove up the hill to a little midieval village. After driving through some narrow lanes, making some wrong turns, and narrowly avoiding a donkey, we made it to the top. The village was real cool, with alleys and streets paved almost a thousand years ago.
We also were told of a restaurant named Mangiano Mangaino. This restaurant is one of my favorites of all time. As I've told you, this isn't my first trip into Italy, and I've had many great meals. This place might be the best. Wild Boar is my favorite meat, and they served it up in abundance. Stewed, we had it in a ragu, thinly sliced with shaved parmesean on top of arugula, etc. It was the tops.
Next day, we headed to a winery named Castello di Verrazzano. We did a tour of the winery and had a giant meal/wine pairing at the end. It was real fun to say the least. There was so much to learn, even for the wine afficianado that I fancy myself being. As my ex speaks fluent Italian, we recieved special treatment, and were able to sample a few wines others weren't able to. I brought home-and still have-a great bottle that's going on ten years right now. I think it'll probably lay down for another ten years! Crazy huh?
Anyways-Chianti turned out to be something I will always do when in Italy. The ex and I even went back for a day on our way home from Switzerland.
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