Cicchetti in Venice, A Tasty Treat

IMG_1815Hello. It’s me. Yes, it’s been awhile but I’m back!  Since I last posted I’ve been on many journeys.  Up and down in Spain, Tuscany and Rome again, Venice for the first time and to the Friuli region of Italy.   The photo above is from Venice where the Spritz reigns king. Here you can see some examples of traditional cicchetti – small snacks or side dishes.  They come in so many versions,  you could exist on cicchetti your entire trip and not get tired of it.  I’ve been posting quite a few photos these days on my Instagram account (@bethbeeman) of my travels.  Check it out if you have the time.  Meanwhile, I’m back here.  Great to reconnect.
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Corzano e Paterno Winery

IMG_1125Last summer I visited this lovely winery, caseificio (CHEESE!) and olive farm located in San Casciano Val di Pesa, roughly halfway between Florence and Siena in Toscana.  Nestled in a remote location with breathtaking views of the countryside, it’s well worth the drive. We had the normal tour of the place, learned about the cheese and olive oil production and then settled down to TASTE!

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Style. Even Italian beehives have it.

I spied these stylish Italian beehives during a splendid afternoon and evening at Agriturismo Il Greppo,  a lovely winery and bed/breakfast located somewhere between Siena and Montepulciano. Before dinner and as the sun was setting amongst the vineyard, we were treated to tour of the grounds, the production room and a full round of wine tasting.  As a result I left with an entire case of Vino Nobile.  Il Greppo wines are based on the Sangiovese grape. and their main production is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.  We also tasted Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti and Vin Santo. Una bella esperienza!