DaVinci Wine Storyteller Experience

Roasted Grape Crostini
Roasted Grape Crostini

Roasted Grape Crostini

DaVinci wine is created in a magical place. Tuscany is a treat for the eyes as well as the palate. The air smells of sweet sun ripened grapes and fresh herbs, muddled with the earthy scent of mineral rich soil.

Casale Leonardo da Vinci in Vinci Italy

Chef Ana and Franco/Morning at the Villa

 

Vinci, Italy

Vinci, Italy

The beauty of the Tuscan region mirrors the beauty of its people and its food.  A culture rich with history and laced with passion. A passion that transcends all boundaries and flows effortlessly onto the family table.

DaVinci Wine Storyteller Experience

Harvesting the Sangiovese grapes and Photographer Leela Cyd catching the action.

Traveling to Tuscany this Autumn with DaVinci wine, I experienced the lovely Tuscan people who so graciously shared their love of food, wine, history and culture.

halibut with fennel, orange and green olives

Fresh Halibut Montalcino with Sautéed Fennel, Orange and Olives

I couldn’t write fast enough.  Or snap enough pictures to capture the awe inspiring landscape on which my eyes were feasting.  I found myself quietly content, and somewhat absorbed, at my place at each table; savoring the flavor of every bite of mouthwatering food.

Vinci Sauce Collage

Fresh pastas that melted on the tongue like butter, complimented by fresh, local porcini mushrooms tasting earthy and woody and dreamy.  Rich slow cooked ragu’s of wild boar and rosemary, salt cured salumi and fresh ricotta on Crostini, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the traditional grilled Florentine Porterhouse steak that never wore out its welcome on my plate.  All the flavors so beautifully balanced, clean and never overpowering.

Lavender Panna Cotta with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Lavender Panna Cotta with Dark Chocolate Ganache

As I savored and contemplated each bite of moan inducing food, I sipped the most delicious DaVinci Chianti’s.  Wine rich and bold on the palate, yet subtle like soft velvet while I sipped.  And sip I did.  Yes, lots of sipping.

The DaVinci Chianti has long been a favorite of mine, however, among the lovely list of DaVinci wines, I have a new love.  The DaVinci Brunello. Our captivating and gracious DaVinci Brand Ambassador, Giacomo Alari, calls the Brunello “a very polite wine.  Once the Brunello is on your palate it is master of your palate. Not in power, but in elegance like cashmere.  A great wine doesn’t have to be powerful to be exquisite.”

I heard once that every bottle of wine has a story to tell.  That couldn’t be more true for the DaVinci Chianti.

To celebrate this glorious week in Tuscany I’ve created eight lovely little dishes.   Click HERE to download and print the Roasted Grape Crostini. It will be a PDF at the bottom of the page.  Check out the DaVinci Wine Facebook page to download a copy of the recipes.

Recipes inspired by a few enchanting people, stunning landscape and scrumptious moments.  Bewitching my heart as well as my palate.

Buon Appetito!

~Karista Bennett

 

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