Wine and Cheese Tasting

ImageIt was a beautifully clear day here and you could see all the colors of the mountains without any mist or fog. This is a shot of the landscape when we came back to the house after the day in Barga.

We had made a full day of it and got back about an hour late, so supper at 7:30 pm came quick. I jumped in the shower and changed clothes and went to the house for a glass of wine. Me and my wine habit are perfectly normal in Italy – I love it!

Marie was making drinks and appetizers – it is what they call “appertivo” here. So we had some snacks and chatted and then gathered round that long dinner table again. The table was set with hot Italian bean soup, which was delicious. Then we had a course of chicken with green beans and roasted potatoes. It was the first meal I’ve had with potatoes instead of pasta and it felt like home.

After dinner, Chris had arranged for a friend who is a “sommelier” to come in and give us a wine and cheese tasting course. It was really nice. He told us a lot about wine and let us taste a couple things that are produced on his property. I was too tired to even write it down, but it was wonderful. Then he had three types of cheese to share – one made with cow’s milk, one with sheep’s milk and one with goat’s milk. It was fascinating to compare them and taste the difference – especially with the wine.

Then he had this special bread that is only made here – again I am too tired to remember what it was called. All I know is that it smelled heavenly and everyone eyed the last piece like it would never be seen again. Honestly, how many wonderful local things are there like this in the world that we know nothing about?

So anyway, I am up late blogging because I want to record all of this trip. Everyone else is in bed and I have to sit outside on the patio with a blanket wrapped round me since the wi-fi reception in my room isn’t very good. AND I just saw a fox come out of the woods and steal some food from the dog bowl – and now the fox is drinking water from a puddle in the path to the studio. Time for me to skedaddle! Yikes!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ellyn
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 20:37:06

    Mmmmm… hot Italian bean soup…. 🙂 And then you finished the night off by seeing a fox. I would have LOVED to have seen that!


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