Remembering a Chianti Culinary Vacation

Making homemade pasta on a cooking vacation in TuscanyThe International Kitchen’s culinary vacation Antinori’s Noble Winery Tours in Tuscany is a perfect culinary experience that will literally steal your heart. Recently I did a mini portion of the 4 and 6 night program that we offer. The drive to the property is exquisite. The rolling hills, the vineyards, and the shades of green were like scenery out of a movie. And the flowers hadn’t even sprung at that point!

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Chianti countrysideThe accommodations for the program, could not be more charming. The hotel rooms are beautifully, but comfortably appointed, and the color schemes are wonderful.  It’s evident that the rooms were carefully designed to fit the scenery that surrounds the hotel, which is miles upon miles of greens that you have never seen before in your life.

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Papa pomodoro During our stay, we were lucky enough to take a cooking class. Our chef was very knowledgeable about his trade and the cuisines of the region as he is originally from Tuscany. He also has a very calm demeanor that made all of us feel comfortable. During our class we made pappa al pomodoro, ravioli with a butter sage sauce, and the most delicious tiramisu that I have ever tasted.

Another great experience that I had while there was visiting the estate’s winery. There, I learned all about the strict regulations that require a wine to be considered a Chianti and how a wine gets the status of being Super Tuscan.  It was a great learning experience for me.  I feel much more confident now when ordering wine from an Italian restaurant!

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Piazza del Campo in SienaThe 6-night program includes 4 hands-on classes; excursions to San Gimignano, Pienza, and Montalcino; as well as several amazing wine tastings. I hope that you will take a look at this trip, Antinori’s Noble Winery Tours in Tuscany, as I know that it will speak to your heart as it did to mine!

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