If you never had the chance to visit Piedmont with its vineyards and rolling green hills, you can’t afford to miss this offer by the Relais San Maurizio at Santo Stefano Belbo, near Cuneo. Surrounded by century old trees, the Relais has a lot to offer; from four golf courses and outdoor swimming pool to high-cuisine restaurants and wine bars (their wine lists include Moscato, Barbaresco, Barolo and Arneis) . The place also features a state of the art spa which is famous throughout the region for its rejuvenating springs of thermal water.
If you’re looking for Christmas deals for Italy, try the Langhe region of Piedmont. While not strictly speaking Barolo country, there’s still plenty of good nebbiolo to be had for Italian wine buffs. Spending Christmas in Italy is a special occasion, and the Langhe offers Christmas markets in Monticello d’Alba, and nativity scenes and more markets in Montaldo Roero.
The town of Alba, famous for its truffle festival, also offers plenty of Christmas cheer, and the historic Dogliani nativity scene, with its 350 figurines, is on display on the 23rd and 24th of December. See the Langhe Roero website for more details.
If you are a wine lover and planning to visit Sardinia, you will be glad to know that there’s an Italian wine to add to the list of its superb wines; called Carignano del Sulcis (also known as the barolo from the south), this wine is made from grapes growing in the South-west corner of the island which is very rich in sandy soils. The climate of the region plus the fact that these grapes are planted in sandy soils and don’t need grafting make these grapevines so much stronger that they can live and bear fruit for centuries. By the way if you are seriously planning to visit this part of Sardinia, don’t forget to explore the enchanting islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro; you will fall in love as soon as your eyes first gaze upon their magical presence!
The world of Italian food and wine matching is vast and has many pleasures, if you have the time and the curiosity to explore. Today we look at Italian cheese “caciocavallo” and the possible Italian wine options to match.
Caciocavallo is a cheese from southern Italy, now a DOP protected production, made from cow’s milk. While it looks like a mini provolone, the cheese comes from the “podolica” cow breed, which is semi-wild breed that grazes on all sorts of natural and wild vegetation.
The areas in which caciocavallo is mostly produced are the high altitude regions of Molise, Sila, Campano and Puglia. This particular Italian cheese must age a minimum of three months, and anywhere up to two years. See after the jump for the wine-cheese match.