Jan 4, 2013-Brooke Maclean
Growing under the Tuscan sun are vineyards that pride Tuscany. Today we enjoyed a visit to two local vineyards in the Chianti region, Castello Di Verrazzano winery and Badia a Coltibuono Winery. Both wineries were unique in their own way and gave us very detailed history and tour of the winery. The tours included the cellar, wine making facilities, vineyards and tasting area. I noticed that Italians love to teach you things that they are passionate about if you are willing to learn. Both the owner Giovanni da Verrazzano and winemaker, Badia a Coltibuono, demonstrated great hospitality and made us feel extremely welcome. At each winery the tours concluded with a tasting of their wine. At Castello Di Verrazzano winery we got to taste the minituscan which was 90% sangiovese and 10% other grapes as well as their Classico Riserva Sassello. To compliment the wine we received bread sprinkled with their olive oil they make onsite. The wines we tasted at Badia a Coltibuono included their 2009 Chianti Classico, 2008 Chianti Classico Reserva, and 2009 IGT Super Tuscan.
That night after the wine and tours we headed back to the hotel where we were on our own for dinner and dessert. Tonight was the night I lost my gelato virginity. It was to die for. I choose mint and chocolate and its fluffy elegant texture took me on a ride to pure bliss. I enjoyed every bite and didn’t want it to end. It was so good I was about to get seconds when I realized we still have plenty of meals left on this trip where I could get some. The taste and the thought of the texture lingered throughout my thoughts. I could not stop thinking about gelato. I thought to myself, where can I find it in the United States? Where can I get it tomorrow? It was honestly a texture I have never felt before. It’s hard to express what I felt while eating it but I do feel like I’m addicted and I want more.