Oh yes. The most beautiful time of year – the vendemmia, or grape harvest.
As the heat of Roman summer fades and gives way to cooler days, I am dreaming of an Umbrian escape just outside of Orvieto.
Simona and Nick have just such an Umbrian escape, though they are lucky enough to call it home.
A train ride, and a quick lift from the capo (a.k.a. Simona’s father), and we were clearing the vines.
A short time later, vines cleared, it was time for lunch.
Did I mention Simona is a gourmet chef??
Focaccia with Mortadella
Savory cake with radicchio, gorgonzola and walnuts
Red onion quiche
Sausages gently cooked grape juice
Spelt salad with cherry tomatoes from vegetable garden , mozzarella and handmade pesto
Potato salad and fresh herbs
Green leaves salad with fennel and carrots dressed withExtra Virgin Olive oil
I may be slightly overdue with my rave review, but the food and the company are something I dwell fondly on.
So thank you, Simona and Nick, for your hospitality. I do hope to see you both soon!
P.S. Click through for Nick’s pictures and Simona’s post.