Posted by gblog On February - 21 - 2013

Butcher In Tuscany

After my wife saw the movie “Eat, Pray, and Love” she started begging me to return to Italy again. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Italy is food and wine, so I didn’t argue with her. When it is about Italian cuisine, there is no better choice than visiting Tuscany. Our most recent road trip to Tuscany was truly a delectable and wonderful trip. It is believed that to understand the real life in Italy, one should take a trip to a rustic Italian village. We chose Cortona as it is the nearest quaint township to Tuscany.

Just Outside Of Town

Cortona features some of the best authentic Tuscan cuisine restaurants. Within its proximity, the world-famous Italian wine county sprawls. Unquestionably, Cortona in Tuscany is truly a foodie’s dream destination. On our way to Cortona, we came across several beautiful and picturesque spots. One of the most romantic and breathtaking view was of those Tuscan rolling vineyards. These perfectly manicured vineyard settings, lined with rows of grape vines and olive groves truly make a memorable and eye-pleasing scene. Some vineyards also boast vegetable, herb, and flower gardens within their vineyards.

Time To Eat

The idea of lunch at a winery restaurant in Tuscany is a must for all day-trippers. We stopped by the Casamonti Estates for our lunch. The aroma of freshly baked breads, sweet basil, olive oil, and hot soups really enticed our souls. The estate restaurant is known for its unique Cinta Sinese pig. Menu included choices of lip-smacking Italian appetizers, fresh tender Cinta meat dishes, an elaborate array of pastas and risottos, and some seasonal dishes. I was never a big fan of roasted pig. However, the incredible flavors of the cured Chinta meat were truly appetizing. The best thing I love about a traditional Italian restaurant is their warm hospitality. The staff at this family owned restaurant was really wonderful and welcoming.

When In Rome

An Italian meal without a glass of an award-winning Tuscany wine is incomplete. Sangiovese is the predominantly cultivated grape varietal in Tuscany. In addition, Tuscans also grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Winemakers in Tuscany blend these three varietals together to create a concoction of dense, flavorful, and rich Tuscan red wines that we call “beauty in the blend.” Conversely, the winemakers of Chianti region blend Sangiovese with Italian white grapes.

To learn more about the traditional winemaking methods, we stopped by the Avignonesi winery in the Montepulciano Wine Region. While touring the winery, I saw a huge room where the grapes are stored until they are ready for winemaking. Amongst the rows of grape vines at the Avignonesi vineyard, the sweet smell of ripe Sangiovese grapes is something I will never forget. At the end of our tour, we tasted a range of Avignonesi’s award-winning wines at their tasting room.

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Jason Kane is an international travel blogger who can’t seem to stay in one place. Jason writes for Travel Docs, an online provider of travel documents and passports.

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