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WEEK TWENTY-EIGHT MENU: SEPT 29 - OCT 3

Vino - Flavors of the Harvest.         There are few things that unite all Italians like the harvest of grapes. The decision of when is the right time to begin harvesting is determined by the ripeness of the grape and the state of the weather – usually in August for whites and September/October for the reds.  This is the time for annual wine festivals, tours, and tastings in every grape growing region of Italy. This week’s menu celebrates the grape and its juice both in the glass and in savory authentic recipes.

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WEEK 28 WINE: A 93-point Chianti not to miss

Teunta Arceno Chianti Classico 2017 2017 was a one-of-a-kind vintage.  An incredibly hot August brought the grapes close to ripeness.  Then, as it happens in Toscana, the rain came in quickly and in one day the season changed from summer to fall.  September cooled off allowing the Sangiovese to fully ripen, slowly and perfectly.  The weather conditions brought low yields with deep concentration.  It is a powerful Chianti Classico with big, bright fruit and high acidity.  The aromas display ripe berries, roses and vanilla bean with undertones of cypress and white pepper.  On the palate, there is a soft entry while the finish shows tart citrus character with hints of black licorice and clove.   Recognition: Tre Biccheri- The 2017 vintage...

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WEEK TWENTY-SEVEN MENU: SEPTEMBER 22-26

Foraging for mushrooms is an essential part of autumn in Tuscany.  This time of year it’s all about mushrooms, hunting them, eating them and talking about them.  The exhilaration of the hunt – the thrill of discovering and picking wild mushrooms in an Italian forest is something I will never forget.  This week’s menu highlights homemade pasta with assorted mushrooms and other Tuscan seasonal ingredients.

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WEEK TWENTY-SIX WINE: Veneto's gem

  Winemaker Notes Well-structured wine, with a soft, long and persistent finish. Brilliant ruby red in color, with a pleasant scent of wild berries. Dry and velvety on the palate, it is characterized by a bitter almond finish.   Critical Acclaim James Suckling - 90 points Blueberry and lemon aromas and flavors with medium body, light tannins and a bright finish. Wine Enthusiast - 90 points Inviting aromas of red-skinned berry, violet and dark spice emerge from the glass. The savory, bright palate offers ripe red cherry, nutmeg and star anise alongside polished tannins and fresh acidity.

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WEEK TWENTY-SIX MENU: SEPTEMBER 15-19

Verona – Love, Opera and Valpolicella. When traveling romantics make the pilgrimage to Verona to view Juliet’s balcony, they are pleasantly surprised to discover that the city is much more than feuding families and wayward lovers.  Among other sites, an ancient Roman operatic amphitheater sets that stage to experience Verona’s exquisite food and world-famous wines. We will enrich the experience by rediscovering Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet; “the most exciting film of Shakespeare ever made.” (Roger Ebert)

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