Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Barbaresco



The town of Barbaresco lies northeast of Alba in Piemonte. This is the heart of the Barbaresco wine production, boasting more than half the registered vineyards for its namesake wine and most of its best vineyards (Asili, Rabaja, Roncaglie, Martinenga...)

The villages is very well preserved, with its castle and medieval watch tower on the top of a cliff above the Tanaro river.

In a former church you find the Enoteca Regionale del Barbaresco. It sells nearly al of the appellation's labels.







Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Official Opening

Yesterday we had a little opening party for our agriturismo. The people from our village all came to have a look at our apartments and to eat and drink of course. We had a great time and it was fun to hear all their positive comments.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pasquetta walk: Alpicella - Mount Beigua - Alpicella (ring-route)

Pasquetta (literally "Little Easter) is an Italian holiday and occurs the monday after Easter Sunday. It's a day you spend outdoors and of course there's always eating involved. Many choose a beach destination that day, but because we don't like the big crowds we went for a big Pasquetta walk on Mount Beigua, a very charming itinerary with fantastic vieuws. One time you can admire the Apuanian Alps, on other places you can see the Maritime Alps and of course there's the never ending sea.

You find a full description of the itinerary here.

Here's a little slideshow of our walk:

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If you're in Liguria and you like walking, you really have to do this one. It's not like Cinque Terre were the whole world walks around, most of the year it is very quiet and it's only you, nature and impressive views. Just the way we like it !

Sunday, March 21, 2010

International Course on Piedmontese Wines

This week I left my boyfriend, dog and lavenderfarm alone for a few days to follow a very interesting course on Piedmontese wines at the Slow Food University (Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche) in Pollenzo.

I didn't make it through the selection, because this was a course for wine experts and people in the wine business, and well, ... you can say a lot about me but not that I know something about wines. But I thought it could be interesting as a lot of our guests want to visit wineries and come to this region, not only for its natural beauties, but also because of the great wines.


Sunday, when the course started, I heard about someone cancelling, packed my bags, and was just in time to enjoy the first diner of the course.

During this week I learned a lot about the history of Piedmontese wine-production, we tasted a lot of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Moscato d'Asti ...


There were some interested visits to wineries in Dogliani, Barolo and Barbaresco.

It was a great week, with superb wines, interesting people ...


And I must say, I was very impressed how well this course was organised.

For me, it was a unique experience even if I'm not a real "wine person" and I hope my guests will also benefit from what I learned in this course.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wine Course at the Slow Food University

I'm on holiday !

I have the unexpected opportunity to follow a free wine course at the Slow Food University in Pollenzo (1.5 hour drive from Agriturismo Verdita) and so I left Nicolas and the dog home and here I am now in the Albergo dell'Agenzia.

Yesterday we had a great meal with wines from La Spinetta, a langhe bianco (savignon blanc),barbera d'asti superiore, barbaresco, moscato d'asti. Producer Giorgio Rivetta from La Spinetta was here too. A very charming man and enthousiastic winemaker.

A good start for a wonderful week !

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pietra Ligure

Today we went to Pietra Ligure, a sea town on the west of the Italian Flower Riviera, between Imperia and Savona (a one hour drive from our agriturismo).

Every last sunday of the month there's a little antiques market and jumble sale.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

February

Last year I discovered that I love February in Italy. In Belgium there was no hope for spring at this time of the year, but here in Italy you can expect everything.

You still can have real winter snow showers, but there are other days, you can work in your top, even if it's only for one hour.

The first picture I have made yesterday (we had 25 cm of snow) and the 2nd picture shows how I painted our facade this afternoon .
Quite a difference!