Harvest of Wines

As autumn is upon us it is the season for local wineries to open their doors to locals and tourists. This is a great opportunity for the wineries to get extra hands to help out collecting the grapes but also have some fun during this very busy time of year.

This year I went to many wineries but Salvan Winery was the only one I remembered to bring my camera at.

While out in the fields working up a sweat the ownered delicious goose burgers or goose ragu with gnocchi. Either paired well with their wines.

Vinitaly 2015

VINITALY 2015

Vinitaly started in 1967 and has become one of the most important events for domestic and international wines and is considered one of the largest wine shows in the world.

If you’ve never attended an industry driven trade show it is really just an awesome county fair full of booze, truly a winos dream come true. This show has over 4,000 booths of suppliers who are more than happy to pour you a taste of their wines, grappa, or other tasty alcoholic beverages.  There truly is no way you could taste every single wine, however it is so much fun to try.

When you are in need of a break there is wonderful meats, cheeses, breads, olive oils and perfectly aged balsamic to help you get more energy to go back and taste more wine.

The common theme this year seemed to be driven more to the organic (biological) wines and the slow food movement. Many wineries were happy to show you their low or no sulfates wines along with their history of making organic wines.

I was lucky enough to attend as a guest of Trabucchi d’Illasi Winery along with two of my friends who surprised me with this awesome opportunity. I felt so lucky to experience this event. I look forward to passing along information to those who are interested in any of the wines you see.

Here are some of the photos I took while attending.

Slacking and lack of internet

Well it has been quite sometime since I have posted. To be honest I had back to back visitors and sporadic internet. It has been a struggle and now I am just trying to get back into the swing of posting more things. I promise to do better!

I have been strong armed by some of my fellow new friends here to submit some of my photos to be used in an upcoming event. It is possible that the photos I have submitted will win a place in the posters and printables for this convention.

I will be posting more here soon, but in the meantime here are the photos I submitted to the contest.

Wine tasting under an epic moon

A group of us went out to start an night of wine tastings. Our meet up location was this awesome bar called Botte de Covolo. It had a dome roof that was just awesome to look up at.

We were able to sit out and enjoy our drinks and look at the beautiful statues and buildings around us.

We then went to the town of Barbarano Vicentino for a wine festivile called Calici di Stelle (Goblets of Stars). The name was so spot on for this event. The moon was full and so bright and vivid. I tried to take as many photos as I could but there is no picture that could show you how beautiful the moon was.

This event was a large wine tasting which showcased over 20 wineries in the area. We then traveled about 5-10 mintues to Massano where we partied it up at the Pegoraro Winery.

Sonoma Wine Company

We were able to visit the Sonoma Wine Company where my father in law works. Seeing the lines where they process the filling and labeling the wine make you think of Laverne and Shirley. The song was running through my mind the whole time we were walking around.

Napa & The C.I.A

My mother in-law and I went to spend a girls day together. The best things we decided was to go out and do a little wine tasting. I still have friends in the industry and they were kind enough to hook me up.

We first went to the Robert Mondavi Winery and was just blown away. The art pieces and the ground are so elegantly put together.

After our tasting we ventured to the Franciscan winery. We were greeted by Fred, who is one of the coolest wine people I have met. If you ever catch yourself in Napa stop by the Fanciscan winery and ask for him. Today he was wearing a really cool Hawaiian shirt. I would bet that Fred wears Hawaiian shirts a lot.

After all that we need to get some food in us. My MIL and I always talk about going to the Culinary Institue of America in Napa every time I visit. Since we were having a girls day we decided it was finally the year to try it out. We were so glad that we did. Those students are learning to make some pretty incredible food. Our waiter and the staff are so friendly too. This is a must do if you are in the area or in an area that has one of these schools. You won’t regret this dinning experience.

We started off with a grilled asparagus, warm potato salad with a poached egg on top.

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We were so blown away by this dish I asked the waiter Tim if I could get the recipe. By my surprise he informed me that I could get all of the recipes. So if you would like any of the recipes you see pictured just ask and I will send them to you.
Our second course I choose the duck breast with mascarpone polenta, pea tendrils, and almonds with a blueberry gastrique.

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My mother in law had the crispy skin salmon.

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To finish it off we shared the vanilla bean panna cotta.

Here are just a few of the pictures I took the last time I was here.

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Creative in California

It is easy to become creative when you have so many beautiful things around you. Wine of course gets the juices flowing.  This trip has been really positive from all the local people who are just so eager to chat with you, the incredible weather, beautiful art and wonderful food that I have been able to enjoy.  If you haven’t gotten a chance to visit the Sonoma California area, you should add it to your lists of places to must visit.

Below are pictures I have taken in just the last couple of days.