Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Wine Tasting at Tenuta Le Velette, Umbria, Italy

Wine Tasting Experience...
Yes, please. 

Especially at an Umbrian winery with an idyllic view like this one has! 

The front door. 

Our guide Cecilia is also an owner of the winery
so she knows the wines and estate well. 

Etruscan wine cellar from 400 BC. 

Our wines were paired with appropriate 
cheeses, meats or breads for a perfect tasting experience. 

In the cellars...these wines are not used
but occasionally opened by family.

Cecelia made sure we experienced 
how the food pairings affected how we tasted the wine. 

Of course we bought some to bring home. 
But then we found out you can also purchase their wine in the US! 

We had a perfect visit here. 
The weather. 
The view.
The wine. 
The experience. 

View of the hill town of Orvieto from the Winery

I pretty much loved every wine I had in Italy
and today's wines were no exception to that. 

Visit if you can! 
You can also stay on the property if you like. 

More of my images from the winery are here.

Localita Le Velette 2305018, Orvieto, Italy

Image result for map orvieto italy

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Ceramics of Deruta, Italy

While making our way through Umbria 
- which I fell in love with, by the way-
we found ourselves touring a family ceramic shop in Deruta. 

Ceramics is Deruta's claim to fame 
since the middle ages, 
thanks to the local clay found there. 

Today, Deruta continues to provide the world 
with exquisite maiolica. 

As you can see, 
each piece is meticulously hand painted 
with intricate designs.  

I could not even pick a favorite pattern.  
I loved all the rich colors on the white backdrop 
no matter what the design was. 

Of course we had to come home with something, 
but choosing was so difficult. 
I finally selected a piece 
which was carefully packaged in order to make it home safely.

There a many ceramist shops in Deruta, 
located at 
Via Tiberina Sud, 304, 06053 Deruta PG, Italia

Images from this visit can be seen here

Monday, November 25, 2019

Finding Culinary Gold in Umbria, Italy

San Pietro a Pettine is a truffle farm 
with a restaurant
located in Umbria, Italy. 

My husband ready for hunting truffles. 

We arrived at the farm and were greeted by Sara 
who invited us to sit in the chapel with our fellow truffle hunters  
for an explanation of the farm and truffles.  

Then we met Bruno di Montalcino and his two dogs 
for truffle hunting. 

Truffles grow beneath the roots of trees, 
thus the need for a dog to sniff them out. 

Where's My Treat?

These specially trained dogs only find truffles that are ready to harvest. 
Bruno rewards his dogs for each truffle found. 

A Truffle is Found! 

In 2019 the Italian white truffle was selling for over $4000.00 per pound retail 
while its summer black truffle counterpart was about half the cost! 
I guess that's why I never had eaten truffles before.  

Today's Harvest.

Truffles are expensive because they are not cultivated like other farm foods 
and the crop is dependent on environmental conditions that need to be just right. 
During their season, they need to be found daily by specially trained dogs. 
And finally, they are only good at most 7-10 days. 

The restuarant. 

I had farm fresh truffles for the first time here 
with a 5 course meal 
of which 4 courses featured the summer tubers. 
I loved them. 

An appetizer featuring truffles on toast.  Delicious. 

Apparently people experience the taste of truffles differently. 
I found them to be nutty in flavor. 

A perfect ending to a perfectly delicious meal. 

In Italy we had truffles a few times 
each experience was delicious. 

Click here to view more photos of the truffle experience.