We are gearing up to share with you our amazing 21 days discovering Northern Italy.
In late September and early October of last year, we spent 3 weeks exploring Northern Italy. While we were there, we explored some of Northern Italy’s famous cities. Driving through the countryside, we stopped and met with vignerons. We sipped wines, amazing wines and often were able to speak with the people who grew the grapes and made the wines. Our senses were wide awake, tasting foods unique to each small region.
Oh, and the beauty! Ancient castles, green rolling hillsides, and villages, each with a church whose bell told us what the time was.
We traveled from Milan to Lake Garda and, of course, visited all the Northern Italian cities that I know from Shakespeare: Verona, Venice, Padua, Mantua, and Florence.
Our visit finished in the astoundingly beautiful cities of the Cinque Terre.
We will be sharing all of this with you. Including in-depth visits with Winemakers, overviews of regions, and of course, the wines.
Stay tuned for our video series, as well as the story behind each of these regions. (You know I am ready to fill you in on all the geeky stuff!)
Discovering Northern Italy
We saw the first plow! We road the Bernina Express! we sipped mint coffee at Café Pedrocchi in Padua, climbed steep vineyards in Valdobbiadene and took the obligatory gondola ride in Venice. Really there is so much I can’t wait to share with you!
Here’s a bit of what you can expect!
- Explorations of cities like Milan, Padua, Venice, Bolzano, Florence, Mantua, Verona and the cities of Cinque Terre.
- Wine regions including: Moscato di Scanzo, Valtènesi, Lugana, Mantova, Vadobbiadene Conegliano, Valtellina, Valpolicella, Lessini Durello.
- Wineries including (but not limited to): Pagnoncelli Folcieri, Vigna Petrussa, Costaripa, Zamichele, La Perla di Marco Triacca, Bugno Martino, Marcel Zanolari, Sandro de Bruno, Zanon, Col del Balt, Fasoli Gino, Masi, & Pasini San Giovanni.
Food, Wine, Vineyards, History, People!
Join us as we Discover Northern Italy
Robin Renken is a wine writer and Certified Specialist of Wine and WSET 3 Certified. She and her husband Michael travel to wine regions interviewing vineyard owners and winemakers and learning the stories behind the glass.
When not traveling they indulge in cooking and pairing wines with food at home in Las Vegas.
Check out our book series, “Tempting Spoonfuls,” available through Amazon!
“Tempting Spoonfuls – Pairing single bites with glorious wines” – Our first book paired wines from boutique wineries on the west coast, in California, Oregon, and Washington, with delicious spoonfuls. This book is 60 pages, 18 recipes, lots of beautiful photos, and insights into some fantastic small wineries!
“Tempting Spoonfuls – small bites paired with wines from around the Globe” – This book takes us around the globe to explore 12 wine regions, a wine from the region, and then gives you a recipe for a pairing! A slightly larger book at 104 pages, this time you learn about pairing with a type of wine from a region. Rather than a specific bottle, you can look for a style of wine from a region and feel confident that it will go well with the recipe pairing we provide. We give you 12 recipes, each to pair with a wine.
The goal is to make your mouth water and encourage you to create your own “Tempting Spoonfuls.”