Barbaresco Vineyard

Two Bottles of Wine and a Family

I’m a bit hesitant to write this one,┬ábecause I’m afraid I won’t be able to convey how amazing the experience was. A silly sort of fear, but this may well be our favorite experience of the first three months of our trip. Here goes. You might have noticed that our time in Italy has eclipsed…

Truffle Hunt Farm

The Hunt for Truffle-ness

‘Truffles’ usually makes me think of bitter, fancy, round chocolate treats, or the sweetened milk chocolate versions sold for the undiscerning masses like me. However, in Italy, we explored a different kind of truffle: the mushroom. They come in either black or white varieties, with the latter being more expensive and having a shorter harvest.…

Neive

What We Saw in Langhe

The Langhe is not a city. It’s a bit like a county in the ‘state’ of Piedmont – but a very large county, made up of countryside: vineyards, hazelnut trees, and small family farms. We visited several villages here, over three days: Neive: Most locals asked us if we had come here, suggesting that it’s…

Hazelnuts

Hazelnut Touring

I booked a tour of a hazelnut farm, based on a blog tip I read. After all, the region is known for its hazelnuts. Supposedly, Fererro Rocher only uses hazelnuts from the area for their famous chocolates. (Nutella, on the other hand, comes from their lesser hazelnut cousins.) Unfortunately, the tour was not quite what…

Alba

Grocery Shenanigans

While B was being shorn, I needed to buy groceries for two dishes which I had promised to make for dinner with our hosts. They would prepare a few traditional Langhe dishes, and I would make a Russian and an American dish, to show them what we might eat at home. Back at the salon,…