It has been two months since we pulled up to the front door of the 500 year old villa that is now our home. At least for a little while. After 10 months in Brittany and 4 years in Palermo, Chianti has been a big change. Not a bad change but a big one. Because we live on a hilltop surrounded by grape vines and olive trees, it is necessary to drive much more than we had to in the other places we lived. The way we buy food for meal preparations is different than the way we did it in France and even Sicily. The types of food we buy and thus the meals I prepare, are different as well. Fish, for example, is a rarer commodity here in this land of steak.
I have not been writing about food and wine as much because I am still exploring. Wine, for example, has been a surprise for me. My knowledge of Tuscan wines comes from the 1980’s when I delved deeply into that world. At that time I decided that I was not all that fond of Tuscan wines and looked elsewhere. Not all tuscan wines were objectionable but on average the whites were thin and acidic and the reds were overly tannic or, like the whites, thin and acidic. Those wines still exist but the world of wine here in Tuscany has greatly expanded and the quality is on par to the best wine regions of the world. I was convinced that I would miss the wines of the upper Côte de Rhone. I do but not as much as I thought I would and with time I am finding suitable substitutes here in Tuscany. And I have not yet started spending the big bucks on wine. I’m trying to stick to under 20 euro per bottle. When I spring for the occasional special bottle I am sure that some of these will meet or even exceed what France has to offer. There is lots to explore. Stay tuned.
I posted a new article about eggs in the food and wine section.