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Jill McCracken’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 19 Feb 2011

Location: San Gimignano, Italy

MapTour of Tuscany - CHIANTI

After our stop in Sienna we boarded the bus again and drove through the picturesque Italian countryside to our lunch destination at an organic farm in Chianti. This was absolutely my favourite part of the day! We rolled up and they immediately hustled us into the dining room of the farmhouse, which had giant floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the countryside. I think in one of my photos from the balcony you can see the tiny towers of San Gimignano in the distance. The skyline looks like a mini-Manhatten, but more about that later.

The lunch was ready for our arrival: we started with extra-virgin olive oil bruschetta with garlic, which was served with the vernaccia DOCG (a crisp, dry white wine only produced in Chianti). Yum, yum, yum, I couldn't get over the taste of the olive oil! It was to die for, so I sent some home to Canada! The farm produces wine, meats, eggs, olive oil, honey, saffron and veggies. The only thing that we ate at lunch that they didn't make was the percorino sheep milk cheese. After the bruschetta the first course was handmade ravioli with Chianna beef ragu sauce which was paired with the DOCG red wine (also sent home to Dad). Next we munched on fresh bread, cheese, salamis and ham from the farm and a green salad with FRESH tomatoes. I couldn't stop eating...... There were cantuccini almond biscuits available for dessert, meant to be dipped in the vinsanto dessert wine. I wasn't a fan of it actually, but maybe it was because I had already consumed three glasses of wine during a short lunch!!

We had just enough time to wander around the farm a bit before we jumped back onto the bus and were whisked away to San Gimignano....a little drunk.