3 Hours and 35 Years in Montalcino

We could have remained cocooned at Castiglion del Bosco forever, but after a few days the weather cleared and the sun came out and the Via Francigena beckoned. The road, which stretches from Canterbury, England all the way to Rome, has been trod since well before the Middle Ages by pilgrims seeking their way to Rome.

We were on a different sort of pilgrimage that day. Driving up and down the golden Tuscan hills, we were headed a few ridge lines southeast to the rugged medieval hill town of Montalcino for a very special lunch date.  Montalcino, known for its well-preserved fortress, dates back to at least the 9th century, which is appropriate, because that’s about how long other people think the CE and I have been married. A marriage of thirty-five years seems to strike others as an eternity. To us, it just feels like we’ve been on one very long lunch date, so lunch in Montalcino seemed the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.

The fortress at Montalcino fended off centuries of attacks until the town was eventually subdued by Florence in the mid-1500's

The fortress at Montalcino fended off centuries of attacks until the town was eventually subdued by Florence in the mid-1500’s

Today the hamlet and its surrounding environs are famed for sought-after Sangiovese grapes and the  production of Brunello di Montalcino wine. Seated on the sunny terrace of Drogheria Franci, I opted instead for a glass of white wine to complement my lunch of trofie pasta crowned with a generous sprinkling of white truffles.

memontalcino

A lunch to remember: trofi pasta with truffles.

A lunch to remember: trofie pasta with truffles.

Happy Anniversary, CE!

Happy Anniversary, CE!

Being that it was our anniversary, we were compelled to have dessert. (Do you notice that we always come up with some kind of excuse?)

The CE dove into this for dessert.

The CE dove into this for dessert.

I opted for the short pastry with fruit.

I opted for the short pastry with fruit.

Ever since our time in Rome I kept encountering the tart little red berries that topped my dessert that day in Montalcino. What were they, I finally asked, and was told by our waiter that these were ribes, which are known in our part of the world as redcurrant berries, a member of the gooseberry family. With that mystery solved, I proceeded to eat every bite.

And, of course, a half glass of dessert wine to help celebrate.

And, of course, a half glass of dessert wine to help celebrate.

Before Montalcino gained fame for its Brunello wines, it was well-known as a producer of sweet white wines, and the restaurant proprietor convinced me to finish our anniversary lunch with a taste of Moscadello. Perfetto!

We explored the town just a bit before heading back to our beloved Castiglion del Bosco. It was a crisp, windswept fall day in Tuscany and one that I will always remember. Thanks for thirty-five years, CE! Where should we go for lunch in 2016?

franci drogheria montalcino

Exploring Montalcino

Exploring Montalcino

 

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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8 Responses to 3 Hours and 35 Years in Montalcino

  1. dizzyguy says:

    Montalcino was the perfect place to celebrate our 35th. And to think we were each able to do this before turning 50 (45 in the CCL’s case) is all the more remarkable. Thanks Dear for all of the fine years and times together. (For those of you following at home, it is not always easy, but if you are with the right person you won’t mind.)

  2. katherine says:

    Happy anniversary to a lovely couple! Looking forward to reading about your exotic anniversary lunches for many years to come. Cheers! xxoo

  3. Lyn says:

    Happy anniversary

  4. Pollo amigo says:

    Happy (belated) anniversary! Can’t wait to learn where you spend the 36th and the many more to follow.

  5. citymama says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, you two lovebirds. XO

  6. Ishita says:

    Happy anniversary! The truffles loook delicious and wonderful 😀

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