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Umbrian Wine Tasting With Gusto Wine Tours | Travel Umbria!

Umbrian Wine Tasting With Gusto Wine Tours | Travel Umbria! | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
We met Mark and Giselle Stafford of Gusto Wine Tours last year when we arranged for the CNBC television show Wine Portfolio to film Umbrian Dreaming at a couple of Umbrian wineries with Mark's help. We have had a ...
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Looking forward to seeing Deborah & Louie Mele soon!

Thanks Deborah for this write-up from 2011!

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italian excursion's curator insight, May 2, 2015 11:41 AM

We will be joining Gusto in May, for a day of food & wine…..Always informative and fun!  www.italianexcursion.com

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New Occasional Feature – The Wineries (we know) of Umbria ...

New Occasional Feature – The Wineries (we know) of Umbria ... | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
I wrote this back in 2010, but I'd like to include it here and say that this is the start of our local Umbrian Cantina features! We need to introduce everyone to the delights of Cantina Tabarrini, they are, to our minds and taste, one ...
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italian excursion's curator insight, June 11, 2015 12:32 AM

The small producers in this region are treasures, indeed.  We love this area for wine tasting and wine education.  www.italianexcursion.com

#smallgrouptoursitaly

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On the Road with the Grape Guy: Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 4 - June 25, 2014

On the Road with the Grape Guy: Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 4 - June 25, 2014 | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
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4th and last day for Michael Pinkus aka @TheWineGuy in Montefalco and a whirlwind visit to Paolo Bea.

 

I'm going to stick my neck out and say that the photo of the Passito grapes drying on the rack is one from a few months ago - June isn't the time of year for that!  

 

A fascinating few days and a great promotion for the wines, food and people of #Montefalco and surrounds.

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Why Sagrantino is also good for Summer - Quench Magazine

Why Sagrantino is also good for Summer - Quench Magazine | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
When I first tried wines made from the Sagrantino grape I thought to myself, “This is not a wine for the summer”. So why on God’s green earth have I decided to write today’s column about Sagrantino? Well first off I just returned from Montefalco, home of the Sagrantino grape, and tried this wine with an array of grilled meats, pastas and cheeses – and let me tell you, this is a wine that pairs perfectly with food, and especially the kind that come off the BBQ this time of year. So don’t be fooled by the rough tannins because that acidity helps pair these wines perfectly with anything grilled (but also surprisingly with rich pasta and cheese). … and look for an article about Sagrantino wine coming this October to the pages of Quench. Col Santo 2008 Sagrantino ($42.75) Round soft, juicy with lots of spiced-cherry and cocoa notes; there’s also plenty of acidity. Antonelli 2007 Sagrantino ($49.00) Aromas of cassis, blackberry and spice; with flavours rich in black fruit, spice and blueberry skin – robust tannins give it a drying mouth-feel. Scacciadiavoli 2007 Sagrantino ($36.95) Plum with black and blue berry fruit, chocolate and cherry round out the ...
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Thanks Michael Pinkus for your great write-ups on the Montefalco wines!  

Follow him on twitter - @TheGrapeGuy

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Umbrian wine tours

Umbrian wine tours | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
So I promised some yummy tidbits from my recent trip to Umbria. So I'm starting with the wine tours. Despite having lived in Italy and traveling much of the country (repeatedly), Umbria is the one ...
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Beth Graham visits some of the cantine on the west side of Umbria, and is suitably impressed!

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Panoram Italia - Sagrantino di Montefalco Great Wines from Umbria

Panoram Italia - Sagrantino di Montefalco Great Wines from Umbria | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
Sagrantino di Montefalco was until recently one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Since the early 2000, this unique wine from Umbria in central Italy has generated a growing interest among experts and wine lovers across the world.
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Makes me want to live in Umbria ....Oh, wait .... I DO!!  :-D

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Kathy Nielsen's curator insight, June 24, 2014 12:03 PM

Why can't we find this wine in US?

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The Cornish bubbly that could be world class: Winemaker becomes first Briton ... - Daily Mail

The Cornish bubbly that could be world class: Winemaker becomes first Briton ... - Daily Mail | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
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The Cornish bubbly that could be world class: Winemaker becomes first Briton ...
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Not Umbria, for sure, but this is something to be proud of - #CamelValleyWines have been shortlisted for the  International Sparkling Winemaker of the Year award.  The first English winemaker ever to make the list! He's up against the like of Charles Heidsieck & Laurent Fresnet!  

#Cornwall #proudtobeCornish (as good as, anyway!)

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GUSTO! Blog

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Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria.
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Yeah, ok, so it's blowing our own trumpet, but sometimes, you just have to!  

A correction to my last blog post .......

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Umbrian Wine Tour…Drink and Be Driven! |Brigolante Guest Apartments

Umbrian Wine Tour…Drink and Be Driven! |Brigolante Guest Apartments | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, June 5, 2014 3:01 AM

One of our first ever tours had  Rebecca Winke, blogger extraordinaire (among her many talents) along!  It was a really fun day with lovely folk - so lets go back to 2010 and Rebecca's wonderful write-up of the day!

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One Stop Wine Hop: Orvieto's Enoteca Regionale | Brigolante Guest ...

One Stop Wine Hop: Orvieto's Enoteca Regionale | Brigolante Guest ... | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
If you want to taste some of Umbria's best wine, head to the Enoteca Regionale in Orvieto, which offers tastings of over 100 labels from across the region.
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Thanks Rebecca Winke!  This looks like a really fun place to visit!  

Plus any excuse to visit Orvieto - so beautiful!

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Movimento Turismo del Vino | the wine tourism welcoming

Movimento Turismo del Vino | the wine tourism welcoming | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
The Wine Tourism Movement, born in 1993, is a nonprofit association that includes approximately 1000 of the most prestigious cellars in Italy
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Great idea to put the cantine on the same map. Good job.

 

However, work needed on the tagline ('the wine tourism welcoming' ... seriously? No-one asked an English speaker?)  and updating this website (nothing since last year.)

 

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Lentil Hunter> Italy

Lentil Hunter> Italy | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
Umbrian Lentils & Sausage


Italian cooking is a lot more than just pasta, pizza and tomatoes. In the ancient walled city of Norcia this dish is on every menu. It’s rustic simplicity includes some of the best loved flavours of Italy. Italians are extraordinarily passionate about their local ingredients so it’s no wonder this famous dish highlights lentils and sausage. It comes from the hills of Umbria where heritage pigs roam the land and pasta plays second fiddle to locally grown lentils. 


Serves 4 to 6 as a main dish


Here’s What You Need






1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 onion, peeled and diced 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 celery stalk, diced 4 cloves of finely minced garlic 1 ripe tomato, chopped 2 cups of green lentils 6 cups of water 1 teaspoon of salt 6 large Italian-style sausages 1 loaf of Italian bread a bottle of your very best olive oil


Here’s What To Do



Italian cooks begin this dish with a colourful soffrito flavour base. Here’s how. Splash the olive oil into a soup pot over medium heat. Add the aromatic vegetables, the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Stir gently without browning, in just a few minutes the heat will brighten the flavours and colours. Add the tomato and stir a few minutes longer, 10 minutes in total.


Add the lentils and stir for a few moments evenly coating each seed with a thin film of oil. This will help the lentils stay distinct. Pour in the water and toss in the salt. Over highest heat while stirring gently bring the works to a full furious boil. Adjust the heat lowering the pace to a slow steady simmer. Cover and continue cooking until the lentils cook through and tenderize, about 30 minutes.


As the lentils simmer turn your attention to the sausages. Cook and brown them anyway you care to, on a grill, in a frying pan with a thin film of oil or in your oven. When they’re done and delicious transfer to the simmering pot. Any juices and flavourful bits they release should also be added to the lentils. In a pinch you can even skip the browning and simply submerge the raw sausages in the simmering lentils, by the time the lentils are done the sausages will cook through too.


Cut the bread into long, thin slices and toast, bake or grill until lightly browned and delicious.


When the lentils are done, serve and share them with the sausages and crisp bread. Feel free to slice the sausages or simply serve them whole. Drizzle the works with olive oil too. Enjoy!










Normally any sour ingredient like tomatoes are added only after lentils have cooked because acid toughens their skin. In this dish though the tomatoes are intentionally added first. The firming effect they have keeps the lentils from becoming mushy. Umbrians expect their lentils to be distinct and slightly chewy!
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Yummy Umbrian lentil recipe from Chef Michael Smith.

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A Visit to Caprai Vineyard in Montefalco | Lemonade 25

A Visit to Caprai Vineyard in Montefalco | Lemonade 25 | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
In 1971, Arnaldo Caprai bought his estate and set out to discover the potential of local varieties found in Montefalco; in particular, the Sagrantino grape – which was indigenous to Umbria and typically used for sweet wines .
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We don't usually 'promote' the big boys of #Umbria - but Caprai deserve big credit for being in the forefront of putting #Sagrantino on the map for #Montefalco.

 

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How to Pronounce Italian Wines: Montefalco Sagrantino with Alessandro Lunelli

Select Italy. The Ultimate Source for Travel to Italy® presents: How to pronounce Montefalco Sagrantino with Tenute Lunelli's Alessandro Lunelli. Learn the c...
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Cuvée Corner Wine Blog : Sagrantino di Montefalco: Umbria's Jewel

Cuvée Corner Wine Blog : Sagrantino di Montefalco: Umbria's Jewel | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it

Thank you The Cu

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Thank you Cuvée corner!  One more enthusiastic step to the worldwide recognition of Sagrantino di Montefalco #Umbria

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On the Road with the Grape Guy: Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 3 - June 24, 2014

On the Road with the Grape Guy: Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 3 - June 24, 2014 | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
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Hurray!  Days 3 and 4 in quick succession - thank you Michael Pinkus for showing everyone that #Montefalco, #Umbria has so much to offer!

Great photos!

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Sagrantino and the Wines of Montefalco Gain Increasing Interest in California

Sagrantino and the Wines of Montefalco Gain Increasing Interest in California | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
Food & Beverage Magazine - Sagrantino and the Wines of Montefalco Gain Increasing Interest in California
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Hurray!  Montefalco goes to California!  

I spot Davis Romanelli in the line-up!  

Bravi!

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italian excursion's curator insight, July 4, 2014 5:31 PM

Well, it's about time, isn't it!  I've been looking for these wines in California for a decade.  I actually have to travel to Italy, to Montefalco, to find them.  We will take you there.  www.italianexcursion.com September/October 2014

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Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To - Venere Travel Blog (blog)

Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To - Venere Travel Blog (blog) | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To
Venere Travel Blog (blog)
The city of Orvieto is a tiny Umbria “comune” that many in the world have never even heard of. Orvieto literally sits on top of a volcanic cliff ...
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Can someone give me a personal rec for the Zeppelin restaurant?  Sounds like my kinda place!

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, June 24, 2014 11:40 AM

Wanted this scooped to the Umbria section!

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Loved walking this cool village

italian excursion's curator insight, October 10, 2014 12:27 PM

This hill top town is conveniently located on the rail line to both Rome and Florence.  It has an elegance about it that keeps it from being too much of a "tourist trap" and more of an authentic Italian place.  Located at the try-corners of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, Orvieto offers a variety of experiences unique to each of these regions.  Just returned from visiting there in September and we are never disappointed, no matter that we've been there more than 3 dozen times……..ciao

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Torgiano's Wine Museum | Brigolante Guest Apartments

Torgiano's Wine Museum | Brigolante Guest Apartments | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
To really get a sense of the importance of millenia of viticulture and vinification on the landscape, art and literature, and cuisine of Umbria, Italy, and the entire Mediterranean basin, a visit to Torgiano's excellent Wine Museum ...
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Thanks Rebecca Winke for this great post!

 

Torgiano Wine Museum is a fascinating place to visit!

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On the Road with the Grape Guy: Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 1 - June 22, 2014

On the Road with the Grape Guy: Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 1 - June 22, 2014 | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
New from the Road - Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 1 - June 22, 2014 http://t.co/3y86dk5sh4
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Michael Pinkus aka "The Grape Guy" waxes lyrical about #Montefalco and #Sagrantino!  And this is just day 1!

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The Power of Face Time: Ristorante Apollinare |Brigolante Guest Apartments

The Power of Face Time: Ristorante Apollinare |Brigolante Guest Apartments | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
It takes a really good restaurant to get me to write a restaurant review again. And here's a really good restaurant (with a couple of runner ups...)
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This seems as good a time as any to show you Apollinare in Spoleto!

Good job, as always Rebecca Winke!

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Wine-Knows: Fine Wine & Gourmet Food Journeys for the Discerning Traveler: Umbrian Wines---Magnifico Masterpieces

Wine-Knows: Fine Wine & Gourmet Food Journeys for the Discerning Traveler: Umbrian Wines---Magnifico Masterpieces | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
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Thank you June Forkner-Dunn for this very nice piece on Umbrian wines!  

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Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria - Business e via Italy - Investment in Italy? Moving to Italy? Business Exchange?

Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria - Business e via Italy - Investment in Italy? Moving to Italy? Business Exchange? | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
Business e via Italy's exclusive series of case studies featuring expats starting businesses in Italy. Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria It was just aft... (Gusto Wine Tours in Umbria - Business e via Italy - Investment in Italy?
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Want to know a little bit about why we started Gusto?  

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Kathy Nielsen's curator insight, June 4, 2014 6:27 PM

Two great people taking you to drink great wine!

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Umbrian Wine Tasting & Wild Boar Festival

Umbrian Wine Tasting & Wild Boar Festival | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
Ristorante i Ricchi and Bella Italia
present
An Umbrian Wine Tasting & Wild Boar Festival
Sagra del Cinghiale
Featuring the wines of Sciacciadiavoli Winery 
Sciacciadiavoli Wines* (Descriptions below)
Rose Brut
Grechetto
Montefalco Rosso
Sagrantino
 
Come join us at i Ricchi for a casual evening outside on the piazza tasting 4 wines from Umbria paired with Rigatoni al Cinghiale, i Ricchi’s Rigatoni with Wild Boar Sauce.
Free Valet Parking.
A Sagra is a local Italian festival, often dedicated to some specific gastronomic specialty. There are hundreds of Sagre celebrated throughout Italy every year.
 
*Wine Descriptions
Brut Rosé Spumante
The Rosé Spumante is made from 100% Sagrantino grapes, handpicked and gently pressed with in six hours. A slow, temperature controlled fermentation preserves the first primary aromas and flavors, followed by a second fermentation in the bottle of at least 18 months according to the "Classical Method." Resulting in a dark pink color, with fresh notes of apple, citrus, and grapefruit
Pair with appetizers, first courses, fish, and fresh cheeses.
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Grechetto dell’Umbria I.G.T.
The Grechetto is made with 100% Grechetto grapes, and is aged for at least three months. The wine is canary yellow with green hues, and is fruity and floral on the nose with a scent of Mediterranean brush on the palate.
Pair with soups, pasta, rich dishes, and seafood.

Sagrantino di Montefalco D.O.C.G.
Scacciadiavoli’s Sagrantino is made from 100% Sagrantino grapes that are aged for sixteen months in oak barrels. The intense red wine is powerful and features notes of red fruit, leather, and herbs.
Pairs well with spicy red meat dishes, as well as aged cheeses.
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Montefalco Rosso D.O.C.
Harvested in early October, Scacciadiavoli’s Montefalco Rosso is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 25% Merlot grapes. Aged for twelve months in oak barrels, it is marked by an intense ruby color and hints of cherry and spice in the bouquet.
Pair with pasta, soups, poultry, and red meat.
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Anyone around in Washington DC on Wednesday June 11th? 

Get your ticket for the Umbrian Wine Tasting and Wild Boar Festival!

Featuring #Scacciadiavoli wines ....

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Are you a wine lover?

Are you a wine lover? | Gusto Wine Tours - Umbria | Scoop.it
Umbria is one of the Italian region with the most excellent wine production. Which wines are produced here?
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Nice piece about Umbrian wines by Michaela Sisti.  :-D

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