Sunday, July 6, 2014
|Wine display at Drogheria Franci in Montalcino|
Before I get into the winery visit reports over the next couple weeks I thought I'd share some photos of the highlights from our trip. Italy is such a photogenic country. Click any of these images to enlarge.
We stayed at an agritourismo in Tuscany called Borgo Iesolana. The property is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees they use to make a respectable house wine and impressive olive oil we enjoyed throughout our stay. The property has tremendous views and a couple of beautiful pools.
|Salt water pool at Borgo Iesolana|
|Coop grocery store in Montevarchi|
|Gorgeous views were plentiful in Cortona|
Upon arrival they poured a taste of Jeio Sparkling Rose that absolutely hit the spot. I'd love to track some of that down back here in the US but I'm fairly sure it was so good because of the overall situation in which it was enjoyed.
|Jeio Sparkling Rose at Preludio in Cortona|
|Sangiovese vineyard at Sette Ponti near Arezzo|
|Benchmark Brunello producer Casanova di Neri|
|Gli Angeli vineyard at La Gerla|
We had a fantastic meal at La Lumira, sampling all three distinct styles of Tortellini they offered that day. It was amazing how the cuisine changes just a few hours' drive north of Tuscany.
|Tortellini di ricotta di bufala con salvia e guanciale at La Lumira in Castelfranco Emilia.|
|Cellars at Fattoria di Felsina|
I remembered Adam Japko's posts on WineZag from a while back singing the praises of wines from this region. It was one of those things where I just kind of mentally filed it away for future action. But in referring back to Adam's post one of the two wines he specifically called out was from Losada - the very wine they were pouring on the flight. Combined with my favorable experience with the Petalos I've also had in the past, I too may become the next big fan of the Bierzo region.
|Losada - an amazing discovery on the flight home|
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Question of the Day: If you could visit any wine region in the world, where would you go next?