Thursday, October 25, 2012

AlphabeThursday - W is for Wine


One of the things Italy is best known for is their wine and vineyards.  I'm not a big wine drinker but members of my family are.  We had delicious wines with all our meals, lucky to say.  One day when we were staying at the villa, most of the family (not me) went out to lunch at a wine bar in Montalcino and then traveled to the Brunello Winery, located 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region.  I stayed close to the villa and went down to the lake and up into the hills with my brother and Stefana's brother (extended family here).


The winery is best known for their red wine called Brunello de Montalcino.  Bruno is a male given name which means brown and this grape is a variety that has been grown in the area since the 19th century.  In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation and today is one of Italy's best-known and most expensive wines.

Three bottles from Brunello de Montalcino


The wine-tasters brought two bottles home, if I remember correctly, and we drank them for dinner!


See other AlphabeThursday posts at Ms. Jenny's 

14 comments:

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I love your posts about Italy -- those are some beautiful vineyards!

Karen S. said...

Wonderful! Without a doubt one of my most wanderbar w words is Wine!!!

Rose said...

Wine drinker or not, Italy is such a great place to sample a few wines.

BeadedTail said...

I'm not much of a wine drinker either but I'd certainly have to try some in Italy!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I might never leave Italy if I got wine with every meal :) And vineyards are such beautiful places!

Gattina said...

A winery is OK, Mr.G's uncle had a Grappa distillery ! I tell you you were already boozed only by the smell ! Some of the Grappas had 45 % alcohol or more and he wanted us to try all of them !

Cathy Kennedy said...

Vineyards and wine are trademarks in my mind of Italy. Good post! Thanks for hopping over today. =D

Sue said...

Your photos of Tuscany make me want to go there! Badly!!

=)

lorrainefort said...

What lovely pictures; being in Italy seems exotic to me! I hope you can enjoy more of that wondrous wine!

Emille said...

Italy and France make wine drinking such a romantic event. Here, it's just having a drink, lol!

Athena said...

I love that bottle in the middle. Sounds like a heavenly vacation. :)

Pondside said...

What a wonderful place for a holiday! I'm longing to visit Tuscany....and I'd look for that wine!

Splendid Little Stars said...

YUM!
lovely photos, too!

Jenny said...

I always love visiting the vineyards...but I never drink the wine!

My husband and much of my family don't hesitate, though!

What a wonderful place!

Thanks for sharing it with us.

A+

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