Wine tasting at Doccia al Poggio in Vinci, Italy.

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There are so many wine tasting tours around Tuscany, I wanted to go where the locals go so while in the small town of Vinci (where Leonardo Da Vinci was born) we popped into the local wine and olive farm, Doccia al Poggio, which is directed by Celeste Policicchio.
Celeste wasn’t around but his young sons were at hand to pour us some generous measures of everything they had to offer. They had little English and I had about five words of Italian but we got on well. They even happily posed for some pictures!
Steeped in history, the farm was the property of Count Mesetti, who was a nobleman and pioneer of racing cars.
Today the Policicchio family produce six wines. A white Bianci di Toscana, a Chianti, a Tuscany red, a rose and a dessert wine.
I tried four (it was Sep 22 and they had already sold out of two wines and all of their olive oil).
The white had delicious scents of honey and a fruity warm taste. A great one for slurping with a cheese and fruit feast or casually.
The Chianti had good character and the other red was less impressive but good by all means.
The dessert wine was actually one of the finest I have tasted.
We took some white, Chianti and red bottles.
The prices range from 2.50 euros (for the cheapest wine that was sold out) to the most expensive (dessert wine) at 12.50 euros.
We spent 16 euros on four bottles.

Cooking my first meal in the mobile home

The market in Merano is stuffed full with food, clothes and people.

The market in Merano is stuffed full with food, clothes and people.

We are in Merano, which is as chic as you like.
They  speak Italian and German here. It is so far north, if Italy was a thigh-high boot we would be on the top of the thigh, closest to the arse 😉

Market day in Merano is Friday. I bought an arrabbiata spice mix from a stall outside St Nicholas Church and decided to get creative with it.

When in a mobile home one pot cooking is key!
Here is an easy recipe.

Use a thermo container.
Cook the pasta a drain it into your thermo container.
Add the spice mix to two cans of chopped tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes or so.
Then add pasta, toss and serve on sweet peppers topped with parmegiano cheese.
Fantastico!

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Tip.
When I cook in a mobile home I always use whole packets of stuff and store leftovers in the fridge for picnics