Well, amici, I am off to Italy on Thursday and looking forward to eating and drinking my way through Tuscany. Vino Girl starts off in Florence and then heads down to Gaiole in Chianti, where we have rented a Tuscan villa with friends.
Although I have tried to pull back somewhat on assuming responsibility for everyone’s good time (a bad habit to be sure) I have donned my Cruise Director hat and set up some wine tastings in Chianti as well as Montepulciano and Montalcino. So far the lineup includes Castello di Ama, Badia a Coltibuono, Castello di Brolio, Avignonesi, Poliziano, Biondi Santi and Castello Banfi (oh they are going to kill me!). I was lucky to actually get so many visits planned as harvest is happening early in Italy this year and the wineries will be abuzz with activity.
I will report back about the wines and the hospitality when I return (no high speed internet at the villa.) With all the vino and pasta, truffles, bistecca and gelato I can only hope I will be able to fit in my chair come October! Ciao for now.
PS: I was going to end with a quote from Cruise Director extraordinaire Julie McCoy but it seems, well, she didn’t really have much to say! It's all about Captain Stubing.
PPS: I bet you were wondering what Julie McCoy could possibly have to do with anything wine related!