Kirsten has mastered the clutch. We were coming up through a castle gate at an incline of 90 degrees and she was in second gear and was starting to stall and she immediately switched into first gear without any hesitation and successfully brought the Audi into parking area.
We walked around the market in Asti this morning and found a nice restaurant; we had a cappuccino and sweet roll. Pierre was our server and of course we thought of our friend Pierre a manager of Olive Garden in Orlando.
From Asti we drove south toward Alba we stopped at a small town of Govone. We took a few pictures of the sites and locals and then continued onto Alba.
Ok, let me just tell you Alba was one busy city, it took us 1 hour to get though the town. It was market day and everyone was out of TP. We decided to continue toward the winery Fontana fredda that the manager of the hotel in Asti recommended. Kirsten asked her to write it down and guess what we found it. It was outside of Alba; we bought a bottle of wine and had lunch in their gardens. This winery was
as nice as Beringer in Ca.
We next traveled toward Serralunga De’Alba. This was a castle built sometime in the 16th century by some king for his lover….. You can do that when you’re the king.
While eating lunch Kirsten continued reading the greatest driving tours of Italy and decided we need to spend the night in La Morra, so the Navi recalculated and we were heading into the sun.
It wasn’t raining so life was good. We arrived at La Morra and stopped at the “I” and asked for a recommendation of a bed & breakfast. We were pointed to a very cute B&B named Tra Mont e Vigne. We checked in and then started to look for local wineries for taste testing. We found 2-3 that were open and then as we were looking for another we came upon a wine tasting of all the Barolo wineries in the area. They were presenting their 2005 product that will go on sale in September. We tasted each of wines and listened to each representative of the Winery describe their wines.
That evening we went to a restaurant that was recommended by the person putting on the wine tasting. He
called and made reservations or us at the family restaurant. We were told this will be authentic Italian dining, it was a set menu. They squeezed us in at 8 PM, when we arrived we were the first. In Italy, everyone eats dinner after 8 PM. Not wanting to be fashionable early, we waited until more diners arrived. When we were seated we recognized our waiter from the tasting, he was the son of the winery owner.
The meal consisted of seven courses starting with the family’s chardonnay and a bottle of still water. An appetizer plate consisting of proccuttio and fried flowers. We then had fresh beef Tartar. We then had a spinach and mushroom soufflé with a béarnaise sauce. Wow!, very rich. Then a marinated trout in wine, olive oil, lemon juice, capers and herd that was out of this world. Next we were served pasta; we had pesto risotto as well as spaghetti with chipped beef. Finally they served the entrée of roasted pheasant or sliced pork covered in an onion sauce. We had a small portion of each. Man were we full. Then came desert, I had a cup of cappuccino and Kirsten had a rich
chocolate desert, common to the area. Our dinner started at 8 PM we didn’t leave 11:30 PM(Momma would be so proud). Not only were we fat and happy, we were exhausted.
Did I mention that it didn’t rain today?
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