Dates: October 27-29
- Barolo & Barbaresco wine tastings
- The annual truffle market in Alba
- A truffle-hunt demo with a hunter and his dog
- Lunch at a Piedmont cheese farm.
Day 1: Welcome to the Langhe
From the mountainous region of Piedmont called the Langhe come its best wine, truffles, and mushrooms. The Alte Langhe, or high hills, are also the source of Piedmont mountain cheeses. Our welcome lunch takes us to an artisan cheese farm, where we'll enjoy a buffet featuring fresh cheese, local honey and other regional treats.
We'll then head to the town of Barolo for a stroll and lesson in the 19th century origins of "the king of wines and wine of kings." Here we'll have an in-depth tasting at a leading Barolo producer, Silvio Grasso. Dinner is in the elegant medieval town of Alba. Here we'll sample our first truffle dishes, such as homemade egg pasta laced with white truffle shavings. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Alba's Truffle Market
In October and November, truffle hunters, gourmands, and restaurateurs convene in Alba. This morning we too will browse the truffle market, where truffle spreads, truffle oil, truffle books, and the whole tubers are for sale. Alba's gourmet shops also offer local specialties like risotto, dried porcini, hazelnuts, and chocolate.
In the afternoon it's off to the town of Barbaresco, where we'll be introduced to Piedmont's other regal red wine. We'll visit Boffa, an esteemed family-run estate that creates excellent single-vineyard examples of Barbaresco. Returning to Alba, we'll enjoy some hot chocolate in an elegant 19th century coffee house. Dinner is in Alba at a Slow Foods restaurant, where we'll hunt for truffles on the menu. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: Go Fetch
Meet a real truffle hunter and his dog, who will provide an in-field demonstration. He'll then join us for a light lunch. As we break bread and share wine, you'll get a true picture of la dolce vita. Then a shuttle to the Asti or Tortona train station (depending on your final destination), arriving at the station by four in the afternoon. Arrivederci! Includes: (B), (L).
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