Today is our long awaited tour with Gina from Casa Mia Food & Wine Tours
We met Gina last year as she was the food & wine expert on our Scooteroma tour.
We are met by Gina outside our apartment and driven in an air conditioned car (sheer luxury!) to Olevano Romano, a hill town about an hours drive from Rome.
We are heading to the vineyard belonging to Damiano Ciolli, a delightful young man who inherited the vines from his father. He decided to concentrate on quality over quantity and now produces two Cesanese wines named after local wild flowers - Cirsium and Silene.
These vines are 64 years old
This is also where we get to taste the wine. What can I say.....sitting overlooking the vines , chatting with Damiano & Gina and drinking lovely wine....just a perfect moment. Honestly, tears spring forth every time I think of it.
Fabulous views from the table.
And the food......OMG!!
Il Fiore di Zucca
I hasten to add that the three of us shared the above dishes - but we each had our own dessert!
Dining with Gina is like lunching with a (very knowledgeable) friend - the Casa Mia philosophy
One last lingering look back at the town as we leave.....
Then back to our apartment to collapse in a heap.....but we rallied much later for a drink in our new favourite local bar, Café Bohemian Libreria