Marchesi di Barolo

Our final day in Italy began with Barolo, the king of wines.  Since these are some of the most elite wines in the world I knew it would be a day of indulgence.  Valentina greeted us in the corridor apologizing for the rain as if she was solely responsible for the weather hiccup.  She quickly…

Medici Ermete, Emilia and the Parmiggiano Reggiano Farm

A woman with a past might feel uneasy waking up in a convent so I was relieved to remember Al Vecchio Convento was no longer used in that capacity.  Kidding aside, I tried to imagine what the village was like at that time. There was a warm nurturing type of energy flowing through the streets…

Zonin, Veneto and Drei Dona, Emilia Romagnia

I took in one last run along the Adige river before saying goodbye to Verona.   We checked out of Hotel Verona, threw our luggage on the bus and headed to Zonin in Gambellara.  Gambellara is a town and commune in the province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy.  We pulled up to the enormous gated property and…

Ca del Bosco, Lombardy & Sartori di Verona

  I started day 3 with an invigorating run along the Adige river in Verona. The view of the river was stunning, and I had to do something to avoid gaining 20 pounds on this trip.  Downtown was bustling with people running, biking and getting themselves to work or school.  I got back to the…

Ferrari, Trento & Bolla, Veneto

Day 2 of our enrichment trip in Italy began with breakfast at Hotel Verona.  We were all quite eager to get to the wineries and happy to hop on the bus that would be our transportation for the week. Our driver Enzo didn’t speak much English but he got us from point A to point…

A first day in Italy

I left for the airport around 5:30am with a plethora of emotions.  I have always wanted to go to Italy and the fact that the SOMM Foundation and the Italian Wine Consortium selected me to go on this all expenses paid trip was overwhelmingly euphoric.   I kissed my dear husband goodbye and headed for the…