Olive Oil is the secret ingredient for making flavorful foods from antipasti to dolci following the local culinary tradition of using few, good, fresh and natural ingredients. Prepare a meal in the medieval borgo surrounding the Castle of Poppiano. Built as a fortress in the first line of defense for Florence, it's now outfitted not for war but for the production of wines and olive oils. The castle's old workshops, stables and farmers' homes are now artists' studios, craftsmen's workshops and Elaine's kitchen outfitted with an old-fashioned 15th century hearth and a new-fangled stove sponsored by the Viking Range Corporation. Make and taste your own traditional, multi-course meal accompanied by local, genuine wines. Recipes provided.
Learn how spicy, green extra virgin olive oil is made and how to discern and recognize its flavors. Discussion of production, olive oil in the kitchen, health benefits and through a guided tasting, how to distinguish high quality extra virgin olive oils from the conventional oils on the market.
Tastings designed to satisfy your curiosity about Italian wines and with a focus on wines that reflect the culture of the people that made them. Tradition and territory provide the outline, grape variety circumscribes the general type, the winemaker's ideas and personality gently characterize the wine in the bottle, what we taste in our glass. With attention devoted to the farming of the grapes and a light hand in the cellar, these are wines that make you think, or at least give you something to talk about.