Montalcino Revisited

13 Jun

Last year, I wrote about our most amazing visit to the Tenuta Friggiali winery and our opportunity to sample many wonderful wines, including our favorite, Pietranera Brunello. This year, we wanted to share the experience with Sandy and Larry, and once again, the lovely Emanuela welcomed us as old friends.

Getting ready for the tasting!

A few things have changed since last year, the most significant for us being that the home where we met Marissa, the owner, and her cousin Maria, has now been transformed into offices and a cellar by their daughter, who produces the Donna Olga label. It seems that Marissa and her husband spend less time in Tuscany, and when they are there, they occupy the house where we spent the night last year.

Incredible things can happen by chance, and for us, the chance meeting of Marissa at her home last year was a memory we’ll always treasure. While Marissa wasn’t in Montalcino this year, she was aware of our visit and sent her regards from Napoli, as did we back to her. I like thinking that Len and I were the last strangers that became friends with Marissa in that house. The thought will always bring a huge smile to my face and warm thoughts of an unforgettable chance encounter in our lives.

After our tasting, we had lunch at a small café in the town of Montalcino. Cesare the owner made sure we didn’t leave hungry!




A salumi platter

Anchovies for Len!

Hot Pecorino!

L’Angolo Cafe

5 Responses to “Montalcino Revisited”

  1. Filocia (Phyllis) Poma June 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM #

    Wine, food and great friends, you guys are living it up! Anchovies, really Len 😦


    • blogginginitaly June 14, 2012 at 3:18 AM #

      I agree on the anchovies…I sat at the other end of the table!


      • Sandra June 14, 2012 at 6:21 AM #

        OMG!!! There’s that prosciutto again!! I read your note that it is indeed cured locally the old fashioned way, and yes I know how delicious it is. My father made it in huge barrels in the basement of our Indiana farm house when I was just a young girl, and it was soooo good that to this day I can still taste it. I gotta have it again always in my life. Thanks for the note.


      • Sandra June 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM #

        I should add that I would often go down to the basement and lift the lid of the barrel and just sniff, sniff, and sniff that heavenly aroma of all those big hineys curing. I was only 10 – 12 years old when this was going down. I would sniff until I couldn’t sniff anymore. Then I got addicted to the aroma and would go to the basement any chance I got just to get a whiff of what was going on in the barrel. When I was in the basement on legitimate business, I always made sure I passed by the barrel, knowing that the whiff would draw me in to remove the lid and stick my head in the barrel and just hang there as long as I could. The thing about this is that as the hineys age, the aroma gets better and better, which increased my addiction. I was hopelessly lost. My wish to you is that you can find a nearby farmer who is currently curing hams for prosciutto in barrels somewhere nearby so you can get a whiff of what I sniffed, and let me know what you think.


      • blogginginitaly June 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM #

        I will be on the lookout!


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