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Tuscany’s Wine & Food and Umbria’s Truffles: Escape to Central Italy with Wine Expert Anthony Giglio

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Tuscany’s Wine & Food and Umbria’s Truffles:
Escape to Central Italy with Wine Expert Anthony Giglio
Tuscany’s Wine & Food and Umbria’s Truffles:Escape to Central Italy with Wine Expert Anthony Giglio

September 2–9, 2016

Join us for an enchanting week as Authentic Italy pairs up with Wine Wise Guy, Anthony Giglio, for a wine and food centric tour that highlights some of the most important winemaking appellations of Tuscany and Umbria along with a sampling of their star wineries: Chianti Classico’s Fonterutole, Super Tuscan Bolgheri’s Le Macchiole and Ornellaia, Brunello di Montalcino’s Casanova dei Neri, and Sagrantino’s Caprai.

This intimate tour, with a maximum of 18 people, lasts seven days and nights in upscale accommodations and is designed at a relaxed-pace with plenty of time to savor the best of food, wine, art, culture, hospitality and beauty that Tuscany and Umbria have to offer.

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A Warm Welcome to Tuscany

Arrive in Florence and check in at Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy in the center of the city. Free afternoon to shop the many wonderful boutiques, the leather market and of course top designers, not to mention paying a visit to the myriad of art museums the city boasts.

You have been invited to a gala dinner and proper wine tasting at the palace of a noble family this evening.

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Florence: the Cradle of the Renaissance

This morning, we will explore the city with a private tour of Michelangelo’s David, as well as an in-depth tour of the Duomo. The tour will end at the San Lorenzo Central Market to discover some interesting local ingredients and dishes. You will then have some free time to explore on your own.

In the late afternoon, we will head to the Food Studio, the current hot-spot in the Florence food scene, where James Beard Award winning Chef Benedetta Vitali will create a menu of her favorite recipes that we will then roll up our sleeves and recreate together. Dinner follows with a sampling of Tuscany’s calling card wines, including Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

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Kickoff with Chianti Classico

Depart mid morning for the heart of Tuscan winemaking, the Chianti Classico zone, for a very special visit with the Mazzei family at their internationally acclaimed wine estate, Fonterutoli. Giuseppe Mazzei take us on a tour of the winery followed by a guided tasting to demonstrate how his family history, coupled with the traditions of Tuscan wine making, go into every bottle he and his family make. Afterward, a traditional vineyard lunch has been arranged especially for us. Return to Florence for dinner at a local pizzeria.

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Bolgheri’s Superb Super Tuscans

Today’s adventure takes us to Bolgheri, as Anthony Giglio has written about it, “The Wild West of Tuscany.” This region rose to prominence three decades ago as producers began experimenting with Bordeaux grapes that were not (yet) permitted in Tuscan wines; the American press called them “Super Tuscans.” First stop is Le Macchiole, where legendary winemaker Cinzia Merli will show us her fabulous lineup, including her award-winning Paleo Rosso. Then, we’ll enjoy a lavish meal with exceptional wines at Ornellaia. Fully educated on what makes a Super Tuscan, this duo of wineries, and the topnotch wines they produce, will leave us spellbound as we return to Florence. Free evening in Florence.

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Siena’s Palio and an Umbrian Paradise

Siena was Florence’s rival during the Renaissance and has remained pretty much intact since that time, as evidenced by the extraordinary Piazza del Campo, paved in 1349 in fishbone-patterned red brick divided by ten lines of travertine in a fan-like form.

During our walking tour of the city we will learn about Siena’s famous Palio, a competitive horse race represented by each of the city’s 17 contrade (or neighborhoods) that’s conducted in the Piazza del Campo—yes, on the bricks! In fact, we will visit one of the contrade museums to get a behind-the-scenes and in-depth understanding of how the Palio is pulled off each summer. After lunch at a neighborhood trattoria, we head east into Umbria to the Borgo dei Conti Resort, a Relais & Chateaux property housed in a neo-Gothic fortress near Perugia, which will be our home for the next three nights.

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The Queen of Truffles and Her Consort, Sagrantino

Truffles today, all day! First, we will visit Caprai winery, famous for its Sagrantino di Montefalco, which just happens to pair naturally with this region’s iconic tuber. We’ll then head for Scheggino, the Urbani Truffle empire that dominates the town. Olga Urbani welcomes us like family as she leads us to The Truffle Academy for a tartufi extravaganza and exceptional dining experience, followed by a visit of the factory to see how truffles get from the ground to a courier box, destined for the US and other destinations, to appear on menus of the world’s greatest chefs.

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The Grand Finale: Brunello di Montalcino

For many wine collectors there is no longer-lived or more celebrated Tuscan wine than Brunello di Montalcino, so perhaps we’re saving the best for last—you decide! In the late morning we will head to the charming hilltop town of Montalcino for our final winery tour at Casanova dei Neri, where we’ll taste their award-winning wines alongside a fabulous lunch. Our farewell dinner this evening is at our resort.

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Departures

Departures for Rome.

 

For more information about this tour contact: garyp@authenticsicily.com or call (917) 868-4712 or visit our website at AuthenticSicily.com/culinaryadventures

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Price: $ 7495 per person in double room (airfare not included).

giglio_picture3.jpgAnthony Giglio

Anthony Giglio is one of the most entertaining wine and spirits authorities on the planet. He is a writer, educator and raconteur who motivates countless imbibers to trust their own tastes and relax the rules. Giglio’s witty, unpretentious style can be discerned in the weekly “Ask the Wine Wise Guy” column he writes for Details.com’s “Food + Drinks” section. Anthony is also the Wine Director for The CenturionSM Lounge, a groundbreaking network of premium airport lounges by American Express. Giglio has written ten books, including three editions of the annual FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE Wine Guide review of 1,000+ wines; five editions of the enormously popular Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide, and his highly-regarded first book, Cocktails in New York. Throughout his career Anthony has attracted countless fans and admirers nationally, all of whom appreciate his sense of humor as much as they do his insight and his perspective, which is that wine is best regarded as a pleasure, not a problem. Giglio is currently a wine reporter for CBS News Radio and Details.com, as well as the longtime “Online Sommelier” for the FOOD & WINE Magazine’s Connoisseur Club, as well as for Departures Magazine’s Reserve Wine Club. Giglio has written for numerous publications, including Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, New York, Esquire, Details, The New York Observer, Robb Report, Worth, Every Day with Rachael Ray and Parade. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Food Network, CNBC, and FOX Business News and been featured in The New York Times. Anthony is also the “Resident Sensualist” blogger at TheImprovisedLife.com, as well as the “Official Vino Blogger” for ItalianMade.com, a commercial site for the Italian Trade Commission. He is also an occasional guest on American Public Media’s “The Splendid Table” with Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Giglio has been invited twice to speak at The Moth, a Peabody Award-winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Anthony is delighted to partner with Authentic Italy on their first tour of Tuscany and Umbria after having explored Sicily’s wines many times together.

Website: www.anthonygiglio.com

Twitter: @anthonygiglio

Instagram: @anthonygiglio

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