The only thing we planned during our trip to Tuscany was a wine tour out in the countryside. This is only because we have priorities.
We met the tour guide in Florence and he drove us a little ways out to the vineyards of Chianti Classico. After two wineries and a lunch in between at a local butcher’s resto, we’re well versed in Sangiovese grapes, Pecorino cheese, and their local specialty meats – they love steak tartar in these parts. We now can school people on how to properly taste wine and are complete snobs when it comes to Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil – hint :: it should taste a bit like grass. No, seriously (I bet Les Miles digs it).
The group was small – of which 6 of the 8 people were from Texas (at least at some point..we now claim Bruxelles). Two of them went to college with J, and one of them graduated his year in accounting with him. It’s a small school and he’s never seen her before, so we’re still baffled at that. The other two were a father-son duo from the UK, all riding along and learning from our French tour guide. Highlight of our trip, and we’ve already got our hearts set on another tour through a different European wine region. If you’re in Florence do yourself a favor and check them out, it’ll be worth it.