Piedmont (or Piemonte) means at the foot of the mountains, which is an apt description for this region that stretches across valleys encircled by the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. The geographical proximity to France made Piemonte vulnerable to French cultural influence and political dominance throughout the centuries, which have left their mark to some extent in the local cuisine and the Piemontese dialect, many words of which retain their French origin.
This trip will focus on the Piemonte wine region that is known as the Langhe, where there will be opportunities to meet top wine producers such as Giacomo Conterno and Angelo Gaja. We will learn from them the characteristics of the soil, details and properties of the main grape varietals and whatever secrets they can divulge about the art of winemaking. Wine tasting methodology, proper serving techniques, food pairing and proper terminology will all be part of the indoctrination with many occasions to test our newly acquired skills.
The highlight of this tour will encompass a visit to a "Trifulau" and the National White Alba Truffle Fair. Trifulau in the Piemontese dialect means truffle hunter and along with the aid of especially trained dogs, we will take part in one of the most mysterious and revered activities of the area: hunt for the prized white truffle!
To celebrate this discovery, we will join the trifulau for scrumptious lunch of traditional specialties accompanied by the ever-present luscious wines! We will be given a short lecture on the local traditions, the lore and the environment that gives birth to the prized tuber.
Armed with this knowledge, we will be ready to immerse ourselves into the world of truffles as we stroll through the Fiera Agroalimentare "Alba Qualità." We'll have the opportunity to stop by the oeno-gastronomicstands where we'll be able to taste and purchase at will the typical Lange and Roero products. Then on to the "Mercato del Tartufo" where one may purchase the precious truffles and of course, taste typical dishes with the ever present accompanying wines.
This Piemonte experience continues when we visit the estate of a noble family where we'll take part in a cooking class given by a gifted local chef. The school, equipped with several individual working stations, will allow active participation as we learn to prepare some typical "Piemontese" specialties. A dinner with our host will end this very special day.
Our meals in the Langhe will be served at some of the area's acclaimed restaurants, all boasting Michelin Guide, Gambero Rosso or Slow Food ranking. As a fitting end, we will celebrate this wonderful oenogastronomic adventure and its lasting memories with a scrumptious farewell dinner.
We at Shop Wine and Dine hope to see you in Piemonte!
It truly is a must to stop in stylish and elegant Torino for this most unforgettable oenogastronomic Italian experience!
This Program May be Booked For a Minimum of 2 Passengers
The cost will be advised based on the number of participants
*This tour may be scheduled as an independent departure to begin from mid-October through the first week of November, to coincide with the Alba Truffle Fair. It may also be combined in conjunction with Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto held in Torino bi-annually, next edition October 2012 or with any other tours to other Italian regions. Simply contact Shop Wine and Dine for further details.
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