Piedmont area of Northern Italy; having long been enamored with Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera wines, we wanted to see where they came from and we weren't disappointed.
Our family in Spello arranged for us to have their cousin Lucia DeMaria as a tour guide. Lucia was a professor of art and history at the university here, and so her knowledge is unparalleled, plus she is a lot of fun! We were staying at the Arborina Relais near La Morra, where her daughter is the managing director. The hotel is beautiful with large bedroom, sitting room and bathroom with either a private garden for sitting outside, or a balcony to sit and watch the grapes grow, because you are surrounded by them!
|A garden in our back yard|
|Nebbiolo enjoying the sun|
Trattoria della Posta for dinner. A beautiful old house, we were treated to a lovely dinner, and toddled on back to Arborina to rest up for our next day tasting Barolos.
|Typical salad of the region, called insalata Russa or Russian salad, potatoes, may, peas, carrots and sometimes hardboiled egg|
|Onion stuffed with cheese and sausage|
|Veal with porcini mushrooms|
|Braised lamb with vegetables|
|lemon tart with fresh fruits|