Parque de la Reserva

We spent an incredible evening walking for over an hour to the Parque de la Reserva, or as some call it, the park of fountains. All day and night for most of the week (not Monday and Tuesday) this park houses over 12 water fountains. Some are meant for gazing, and some are meant for playing, but either way the park is magical. Three times a night there is a laser light show at the Fantasia Fountain, and right next door you can find the original fountain built here in the 1920s, that gave way to all of the other fountains constructions.

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Our First Day Off: Colle val D’elsa

Today was our first fay off so we traveled to colle val d’elsa. First Dante and Helena treated us to coffee at a cute outdoor cafe. Then we walked though the town and ended up in the market. After the market we went to the grocery store. At the market we purchased fresh meats and cheeses, as well as, gnocchi, bread, and squash blossoms. We will be preparing most of this tonight for Drew’s last supper.

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The Cellar, Lunch, Dinner

We only worked a half day in the vineyard yesterday, and then had a very special lunch. Luis entertained us for a while as we prepared pâté, and chicken wrapped in pancetta. After lunch we worked in the cellar for a while opening a emptying bottles to add to the grapes we had picked that day because there just weren’t enough to reach the right level. For dinner we ate pasta with a Gorgonzola walnut pesto sauce, as well as cheese, bread and figs. Tonight’s dinner is going to be even more special because it is Drew’s last night and we are making it ourselves.

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Our First Day of Harvest

Today was our first day picking grapes. We worked for a few hours and then had a lunch of fried polenta with Gorgonzola, spaghetti with rosemary tomatoe sauce, and bread. We ended our meal with coffee and cookies as well. After lunch we traveled back to the vineyard and picked more grapes. We are harvesting Sangiovese grapes, and should be finished after tomorrow morning. Because of the weather we will most likely have a half day of work tomorrow with no work on Friday. Tonight for dinner we tasted the Colombaia Toscano Rosso, and ate fresh figs wrapped with prosciutto and Gorgonzola for our antipasti. Our dinner was pumpkin soup pured over top some Italian bread. We finished our meal with more figs.

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