Posted by: Do Bianchi | February 8, 2011

Bloggers heart home cooked meals

When we first began planning this trip with the Consorzio COF and we were trying to figure out ways to have the bloggers spend more time with producers without sending them on a dreaded “death march” (as it is called in the wine biz), one of our handlers had the BRILLIANT idea of having us dine in a producer’s home every night instead of sending us to a restaurant (the common practice for trips like this).

Last night we were guests in the home of Adriano Gigante and his wife Giuliana (above, center and right), who also invited Slowfood “Chairman of the College of Guarantors” Giulio Colombo (left) and mayor of Corno di Rosazzo Loris Basso (not pictured) to join us.

If you have never been on a trip like this, you HAVE NO IDEA how nice it is to EAT A HOME-COOKED MEAL at the end of the day and not have to deal with the noisy din of the restaurant crowd.

Giuliana is an AWESOME cook and tagliatelle from the village of Socchieve, with marinated anchovies and fennel made for such a great repast at the end of a long day of tasting (roughly 70 wines!).

Even though he wasn’t as thrilled with it as we were, Adriano’s 1995 Tocai Friulano was awesome. I had never tasted older vintages of Tocai until yesterday and I was blown away by the brightness and complexity of flavors in this wine.

Thank you, again, Giuliana and Adriano!

—Jeremy Parzen


  1. wish i were there with you 2B! i’m glad that there are some “mamas” out there taking care of y’all.

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