After our time in Greece, we hopped a plane to Italy. We picked up a Peugeot SUV in Milan and hit the Italian roadways. I was thrilled to find that the Asti region of Italy produces some really excellent wines, far beyond the namesake spumante (which I haven’t been able to drink since college).┬áThe region as a whole is beautiful…gorgeous architecture, delicious food, and wine for days. The sprawling vineyards are incredibly green and especially stunning at sunset.

We started with a great tasting at the Baldi estate. Their reds were fantastic, especially the Barberas.

We spent an afternoon at the scenic Fontanafredda estate in Serralunga D’Alba. The estate’s Guido restaurant was one of my all time culinary highlights. It stole a spot in my top ten ever list. Our meal included local homemade veal ravioli, presented both naked and in sauce with parmesan. We also had the most delicious, incredibly tender kid goat carved table side. We ended with ice cream that tasted as if it had come down from the heavens. The wine pairings were perfection. I did not expect a restaurant of this caliber on the grounds of a historic winery. It was superb. We toured the winery after our meal, but the tour paled in comparison.

After a few days, we continued driving into France. If I end up in this part of Italy again, I will absolutely be stopping at Baldi and Guido. I’ve expanded my wine purchases here in the states to include Barberas, but they just aren’t the same here…