Friday, May 31, 2019

TurinEpi19 wine tour

Thanks to our collaboration with Incoming Experience, the sixth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital is extended and will last 6 days instead of our usual 3.
In June 2019, our guests get the opportunity to visit the beating heart of Piedmont: the Langhe wine district and a bit of Roero too πŸ˜‰

Top Italian wine producing region and white truffle hub of the world, within Piemonte there are many wine districts and traditional food production areas; however only 3 made it to the Unesco World Heritage Site list: Langhe, Roero and Monferrato.

Despite being close to each other, their geographical and geological conformations are rather different as you eye and palate can intuitively tell you.
These territories are made of tiny medieval hamlets perched on the top of vineyard covered hills.

If Monferrato counts more castles than in the Loire Valley, in France, the Langhe area comprised between Alba and Asti has the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in the whole world! 
And Roero is the Piedmont unique fruit and vegetable garden thanks to its many family owned farms, orchards and hazelnut groves πŸ˜‹

How's that for a truly epicurean lifestyle?? 😎

Alice Giordana
Silvia Cordero

On June 23, 2019 some of the TurinEpi19 guests will meet in Turin with Alice and Silvia of Incoming Experience and will start their epicurean 3 days.
The first stop will be the Banca del Vino in Pollenzo. Producing the highest number of DOC and DOCG (the highest quality wine denominations as regulated by the Italian government), Piedmont has a wine bank that our guests will visit and where they will also do a wine tasting πŸ‘Œ

Bra is both a beautiful Baroque small town - see the red bricks?? - and a cheese

Then, they'll go on a tour of Bra where the the Slow Food movement was founded in the 1980s and where Slow Cheese - the cheese convention - is organized in odd years.

A truffle hunt demo is on the program too - it is a demo because white truffles are 'the diamonds of the table', unlike the more common black truffles, they can't be cultivated and only well trained and pricey dogs can find them!! Therefore the trifulau or the truffle hunters keep the truffle zones as secret as De Beers guards their mines πŸ’

the Alba hills

Lunch will be at Cadia Vini a small family owned farm with vineyard where our guests will be able to savor some of the authentic traditional products of this corner of our land.

The Wine Museum in Barolo is another must-visit stop where wine is presented in its whole well-rounded culture: at the table, in literature, cinema, history, art and more!

More wine tasting follows at Antiche Cantine Marchesi di Barolo or the Marquis of Barolo's Old Cellars since 1807, cheers!

Dinner will be served on a beautiful terrace overlooking the hills and the vineyards at Casa Nicolini's in the Barbaresco red wine production heart!

traditional tajarin pasta made with 40 yolks!

This wonderful tour ends with a visit of Alba where Nutella and Ferrero Rocher are from! Besides Ferrero, this small medieval town is famous for its 100 towers.
Finally, one last winery visit with wine tasting at world's famous winery Cantine Fontanafredda since 1858 when the King of Savoy bought this estate as a present to his mistress!

Photo courtesy of  Best Western Hotel Langhe Cherasco

Photo courtesy: Best Western Hotel Langhe Cherasco

The TurinEpi19 guests will be hosted by 4 star Best Western Hotel Langhe Cherasco where they will take advantage of the scrumptious breakfast and famous restaurant La Porta delle Langhe

hand chopped Alba style raw teenage veal - Photo by Gilda Martelli

La Porta delle Langhe, serves the most refined traditional Piedmontese cuisine paired with the best local wines.
All the seasonal products of the hills, together with some of the local specialties such as: the beef Bra sausage, and our super lean and cholesterol free raw 'teenage veal' meat, truffles and mushrooms will be on the menu! 

Agnolottini del Plin or tiny meat filled ravioli 

Best Western Hotel Langhe Cherasco has also a very convenient spa and fitness center and all the top line services we all appreciate when traveling abroad.

Thanks to Alice and Silvia's organization and assistance, our guests will spend 3 unforgettable days making unique experiences, listening to magic stories and savoring some of the world's best specialties and wines!

Special thanks to: Incoming Experience and Best Western Hotel Langhe Cherasco for making the 2019 edition of Turin Epicurean Capital extended πŸ™allowing the TurinEpi19 guests to follow the footsteps of the Savoy Royal family and experience our very own Piedmont wine country πŸ™† 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A piazza wide garden

Despite its very long industrial tradition, like Lady Gaga and Rihanna, Turin has known how to change and renovate herself along the years. Many areas of the city have changed completely in the last 30 years, starting from downtown, the Lingotto area where  you can now visit Eataly - the very first one in the world! - and the Fiat factory turned into a shopping mall, to Piazza Risorgimento in the Campidoglio neighborhood.

We often describe Turin like the Italian MoTown thanks to the Fiat, but also as the Italian Philly because of its elegant 18th century architecture and most definitely, like the Italian Manhattan given the Roman grid our city was built on. Like many cities around the world though, Turin has also many artsy projects and neighborhoods that keep outside of the tourists' paths.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

herbal alchimies in Turin

The 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital will see the participation of two women of the historic and world renown 'booze system' 😁: Monica Buzio and Paola Pressi.

Monica inside the distillery

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Amanda Jack's Turin

We are happy to share a guest post by our Twitter and Instagram friend Amanda Jack πŸ™†

Amanda is a writer, student, wife, mother and Grandmother. Dividing her time between homes in the North east of Scotland and the Piedmont Region of Italy, she patiently awaits the day she can perfect the Italian language. Until then, she enjoys writing about her adventures and reviewing books, mainly those set in and around Italy. 

Enjoy her perspective on Turin and do like her: come over!!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring risotto

Despite the weather hasn't made up its mind yet, we are in the spring and some days are getting really warm. To enhance our spring mood we are sharing our lemon and ginger risotto recipe πŸ˜‹ However we would like to underline how oranges, mandarins and lemons make for great all year long risottos!

By the way, this will be our Easter risotto 😜

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

galleria Subalpina

If the number of gallerias could define the cultural level of a city and its flair for art, no doubt Turin would always make the top of the list!

Galleria Subalpina in Piazza Castello

Thursday, March 21, 2019

April in Turin

April always makes a great month to visit Turin: the days are longer and the weather is generous enough to allow you to eat out in the many cozy piazzas and pedestrian streets.

Besides our humongous Easter chocolate eggs, and the endless list of artisan chocolate makers, you should try before the chocolate season ends, there are also other events that make April a good month to visit Torino.

Most events of 2019 happen after Easter. So, if you are planning a visit in the first 3 weeks of April check our suggestions here.

If you tango: just imagine what an experience it is to dance inside the Venaria Royal Palace during the Tango days on April 19th-21st

The Royal Palace of Venaria is Turin's Versailles