THANK YOU.… [more]
I adored absorbing this holiday in Tuscany, courtesy of DaVinci Wines. Each of the Storytellers experienced the food, wine, people and tours through a different lens. My lens is ‘Culinary Arts’; I am a Seattle-based cooking instructor, urban farmer and food blogger (Talk of Tomatoes). Piles of recipes with photos are how I hope to extend this experience—and the spirit of DaVinci Wines—with each of you.
TUSCAN FOOD.… [more]
‘Localvore’ may be a term we use in other parts of the world; in Italy eating local is SO normal, applying the term ‘localvore’ would be both useless and redundant. Each region of Italy has its specialties—or shall I say vehement preferences? In Tuscany you eat Pecorino, Parmesan hails from the Emiglio Romagno region and Mozzarella di Bufala is further south than you realize. When we first arrived
CHIANTI WINES.… [more]
Chianti wines aren’t as simple to understand and appreciate as you might imagine (unless: you are in that moment when wine is swirling around your tongue). In fact the Chianti region of Tuscany is broken into 8 smaller regions, each with their own set of standards and requirements for making Chianti. Each region is intimate with its micro-climate, wine-makers, multi-generational growers, old traditions and new technology.
This July, I was asked to be one of four Storytellers for DaVinci Wine. We traveled for a week to Tuscany, with the small town of Vinci as our home-base. A glorious villa nestled above countless vineyards was the perfect setting to soak up the wine, food, people and culture of the Montalbano region of Chianti. Besides writing posts each day during our visit—Days 1, 2, 3… [more],
Late nights, early mornings, Tuscan sunshine and one adventure after another. This must be what it feels like to straddle the gap between the dream world and reality?
I adore starting each day on the terrace, enjoying espresso, spreading preserves over fresh bread, eating Toscano meats and cheeses—plus a few sweet bites of pastry.
We shoved off around 8:30 am for Montalcino (about a 2 hour drive; so worth it).… [more]
Today DaVinci wine announced the four winners of their Storyteller Contest; winners will travel to Vinci, Italy, for a week in July to absorb every last detail of Vinci: the people, culture and [wine] cooperative—and to sip countless drops of DaVinci wines.
I am humbled, in awe and BEYOND TALK that I have been CHOSEN TO GO TO VINCI, ITALY—courtesy of DaVinci Wines.
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It is not the last time I will show up to taste Chianti wine. There was a tent set up in Piazza Repubblica over the weekend, hosting 7 different wineries from the Chianti region referred to as LAMOLE (a subregion within Chianti Classico). (The Chianti region is one of 7 regions that make up Tuscany; for more info read my other post about Chianti wines, vines and regions… [more]).
I love learning about Italian wine, glass by glass, region by region. I had a short writing stint (a few articles) with a travel company in Tuscany, and one of the articles I wrote about was Chianti. It was an excuse to ‘cozy up to the bar.’
Since we arrived in Florence this past August, we have been sampling wines (duh). Chianti refers to both a wine and a region.… [more]