Wine for breakfast?
Trip Start Mar 01, 2010
62Trip End Aug 23, 2010
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Going to a winery is different in Italy than it is in the US. For us it's a fun social event. In Italy, it's work related. If you want to taste wines and have some small plates you go to an enoteca, not to a winery. Well, we didn't know that. So there we were, just the three of us and out guide, at about 10:30 in the morning touring the inside parts of the winery (where the grapes are smashed (no feet necessary), barrels are filled and stored and eventually bottled
Siena is beautiful, no doubt about it. Although I think my parents enjoyed it more than I did, though I do love Tuscan food. The old city is like a small town and is famous for the horse race around the palio - which is much much to small for a horse race in my opinion, but would love to be there anyway
Eventually we decided to return to Montepulciano for dinner, but it was another beautiful day in Tuscany.
Side note about European service: I prefer it. Yes it takes a while to get your food and drinks, and is a little annoying when you are sucking down you water. But you see, after your first day you don't suck down you water...it only comes in bottles and you don't want to pay for it. In Europe you can sit down with a book and spend the whole day at your one table. The server may come back and some point, but they'll never give you the check until you ask for it. I LOVE THAT. You would think traveling alone I'd want to get my food, eat and be out of there. But by the end of my travels, I didn't even need a book as a buffer. It's nice to sit and relax while eating your meal. There's no need to hurry or constantly tell the server that yes, the food is good and everything is okay.