Pair With A Glass of Vino Nobile

On Sunday I traveled outside of the busy city of Florence, to the rolling hills of Tuscany. Our tour guide took us to Salcheto Winery, a vineyard located in  Montepulciano. It was a treck to get there, especially in a giant coach bus that barely fit on the winding dirt road leading to the vineyard, but it was completley worth it. Not only did we get an oppurtunity to take in the beautiful scenery, get a tour of the wine cellars, and learn alot about the wine making process, but we also got to sample the final product-alongside a delicious three course meal.

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Our meal began with a glass of Rosata di Toscana. It was very fruity and just about everyone at my table agreed that it was the best of the three we drank. We were given a delicious plate of Picci pasta with tomato sauce to accoampy the wine. It was up there on my list of best pasta plates I’ve ever had.

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For our main course we had a buffet with an assortment of breads, cheeses and other appetizers. SO GOOD. I thought it was interesting that we had pasta as our appetizers and appetizers as our main course. They do things so differently here!

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Our next to glasses were of the same wine, but two seperate years of aging. The wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is the vineyards specialty. We were first given a glass of 2009 Vino Nobile. It was a very strong red wine with a very unique after taste. Then we followed it with a glass of 2006 Vino Nobile. It’s amazing seeing the difference three years of aging can make. They both had very different aftertastes. I personally liked the 2006 version of the wine, even though it was very dry which is normally the opposite of what I like wine- the after taste was realllllly good.

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During the tour we learned that there are very strict rules in the wine world. In order to call your wine a specific name you have to make sure you follow a list of rules.

For example, with the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano some of the rules include:

-All grapes for the Vino Nobile must be grown within a 1 meter radius of Montelpulciano. If they are grown outside, they cannot be considered Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

-Only corks can be used on the Vino Nobile. NO screw caps.

-The Vino Nobile is stored in these wooden barrels before being bottled. There was absolutly no artificial light let into the wine cellars, there were holes of natural light being let into all of the rooms.

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The Vino Nobile sold for 70 Euros a bottle. SEVENTY! We did recieve a student discount list where we could purchase it for just 35 euros. But, I went the cheap route and bought a bottle of the Rosata di Tuscana for 7 euros. I liked it waaaay better anyways.

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The Florence Fifteen

The food here.

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Oh lord, the food here.

I finally started to work off my freshman 15 and now I’m tempted with the smell of amazing italian food everywhere i go every single day. Shoooot

After a honey moon period of consuming carbo-loaded meals every day this week, I stepped on the breaks a bit this weekend. I excercised alot and started eating less carbs and more veggies & protein. I’m making it a priority to not let myself go over here!  I havn’t gotten a chance to check out the FUA gym yet because they have kind of weird hours but I’m definitly going to be hitting that up daily. I’m not trying to show up to softball in January out of shape!!

This weekend I worked off some pizza, pasta and gelato and explored Firenze at the same time. On Saturday we first took a walk to the produce market and stocked up on fruits, veggies & eggs. Then we went hiking up to Piazzale Michelangelo. The piazza is elevated to provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the beautiful city of Florence! Of course, I lugged my Canon with me to get some pictures of the journey:

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Saturday night was lengend-waitforit-dary. We wanted to experience how italians “go out” so we went out with some Florence natives we know. We went to SPACE, the club Jersey Shore frequently hit up when they filmed in Florence. We normally wouldn’t have chose to follow in the footsteps of Snooki & J.Woww, but our friends are VIP there so hey, why not! We got that ~*ViP tR3AtMenT*~ aka didnt have to pay a dime the whole night and got to chill in a seperate glass room above everyone….watching over all the funny drunken people below us. Swag.

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After a long night/morning out, I woke up on Sunday and made a tomato and mozz sandwich on a croissant with the fresh ingrediants I had bought at the farmers market. After that I laced my keys into my sneakers and went for a run down the Arno river which is located just a block away from my apartment. I ran all the way down to the Ponte Della Vittoria and then back through the city. It was probably a bad idea to run back through the city because cars and motorcycles drive so fast and unpredictable around here. I also got made fun of/mocked by an obnoxious tourist.  It’s so weird because when I run in Boston no one acknowledges me because there are so many runners around….but here in Florence it seems that no one works out. It’s confusing….They live on a diet of carbs carbs and carbs- yet I passed just one jogger on my run! ONE! In Boston I pass about 50 per mile! So strange.

Well, anyways- I ran around sunset so i had a gorgeous view of the Arno as I ran:

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Aaaand thats the story of my first weekend in Florence!

xoxoPWAGOR (lol)

Dante Fridays

Last night a group of us ventured to the other side of the Arno River in search of a delicious meal. We got that….plus more, at Pizzeria Dante’s. The food was incredible. However, one of the main reasons we loved Dante’s so much? Three words: FREE UNLIMITED WINE.

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The owner (Dante himself) came out as we were getting our food and told us, “After dinner you get free shots of Limoncello with me”. We thought he was kidding….he wasnt. He also brought free t-shirts out to us at the end of our meal. So with all this free stuff you would think it would be way overpriced,right? Not the case. When Dante brought the check out to us he had us all guess the price. “You guess the price exact, I give you free meal.” …..I guessed 70 euros.

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70 euros on the dot, HELLO FREE MEAL. 

So now let’s move on to the good part…..my meal. I had a delicious Quattro Stagioni pizza. Quattro Stagioni translates to “Four Seasons.” The Quattro Stagioni pizza is topped with mushrooms, olives, and artichokes, and procciutto. Because I live the veglyfe, I ordered mine sans procciutto. Let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS.

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We’ve already declared Pizzeria Dante as our Friday night dinner spot. I would highly reccomend this restaurant to any study abroad student in or visiting Florence.