Monday was a big day, we ventured all the way to Bolgheri to try some fantastic wines. First stop, was Ornellaia. What a gorgeous facility, and of course the wine is very memorable. They offered a special wine for direct purchase, and we were sure to pick up a case. It was delicious! Next we popped over to the sea for lunch at a nice seafood restaurant, sadly I can not recall the name. Another fabulous meal. It was a 2.5 hour drive back and we were all exhausted. And we arrived just as our little old lady chef was serving our dinner back at the villa.
Tuesday Toby & Vik left in the afternoon, after a tour of the Brolio Castle and a wine tasting at Castello de Brolio (yes, this was our 2nd tasting here). They had lunch at the villa and make their way to Milan for business. Tuesday evening our other friends Andrew & Marion arrived just in time for dinner at La Botte di Bacci. Another excellent restaurant in Radda in Chianti. The 4 of us shared a HUGE steak Florentine, which was absolutely unbelievably tender, tasty and amazing!
Wendesday was another lazy day around the villa. This day, the boys ventured off to Parma to visit the Dallara factory (F1 manufacturer). So the girls had a lovely afternoon together, and visited Radda in Chianti for another spectacular meal (yes, this entire trip revolves around food & wine). This might have been my favorite meal of the trip, here at Al Chiasso dei Portici. I started with a mache salad, which had medallions of rotisserie chicken served with thin apple slices, walnuts and a foamy, creamy orange sauce (UNREAL doesn’t even begin to describe it). Then we all shared the mains: Ravioli with truffles, ribbon pasta with Tuscan herb pesto with pistachio (another HOME RUN!) and ricotta and spinach dumplings. I finished off the meal with a gorgeous pannacotta and my day was complete!
Thursday the group went into Radda for lunch and a few errands. I decided to enjoy the gorgeous weather and lounge by the pool. I was very pleased with my decision until the gardener decided to mow the lawn all around the pool. Oh well, I had my rose wine to keep me happy and was still able to enjoy a little sun.
Friday was our last full day at the villa. We mostly spent it cleaning up, packing, and making our plans for Florence. Friday evening was a very special dinner at Borgo San Felice. What a spectacular dinner. Since we were a large group of 8, I had picked out a preset menu and we were seating in a private room. Each of the 4 couples ordered wine for the dinner, and each was unbelievable. We selected the champagne to start with, a Billecart-Salmon Rose. It was ok, but definitely not my favorite. We were originally going to take the Krug, and I immediately regretted not ordering it after my first sip. For the wine we started with Madonna Nera, then enjoyed a 2001 Massetto, and ended with a Sassiccaia (each was spectacular!). Not sure which was my favorite of the 4 courses, but I know that I left happy, full and a little tipsy!
Saturday, we left the villa for Florence in the morning.