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It’s the last day

We began our day a little early because we had a winery tour scheduled. The owner of the hotel kept insisting in German that we stay and have breakfast. I was able to get him to understand that we had to leave but he insisted on giving us a bottle of rose as a parting gift. We chilled it later in the afternoon once we got to the hotel. The hotel would only give us ice in a bag so we used the garbage can to chill it. We are a resourceful pair.
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Our last winery tour was Ca’del Bosco. Market Wine regulars will recognize this as my first staff pick. They make a sparkling wine in the region of Franciacorta that bears the same name. Interesting fun fact, the wine is made in the same method as champagne so people assume the name is related to that. It really gets its name from the Latin term "franchae curtes“ which means exempted from paying duties. It seems in the 13th century farmers were moving away from the area because it didn’t grow good crops. The monks wanted to prevent that so they told farmers that if they stayed, they wouldn’t have to pay any taxes. Now that I’m done being a history nerd back to Ca’del Bosco. It’s a relatively new winery, founded in the 70s. They have have put a lot of money, innovation and effort into making great sparkling wines. It’s the reason I love them. The winery is state of the art and also has many great art pieces scattered around the winery.
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Of course, we ended with a tasting which was amazing.
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We asked them if they could make reservations somewhere for lunch and wow did they deliver. This restaurant was a hidden gem. We shared two very traditional Milanese dishes. Risotto with porcini and cotolette. Cotolette is a Milan version of Wiener schnitzel but the people of Milan say they invented it first. We don’t care who invented it, this was beyond superb.
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It’s off to the hotel, there was a restaurant at the hotel and the meal was surprisingly good. We started with our last Aperol Speritz, Teresa had a pasta dish and I had fish. We ending the night with a lovely Franciacorta from Ca’del Bosco.
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Our flight home is early tomorrow. We have traveled 1800 miles, stayed in 7 different cities, we went truffle hunting and visited 10 amazing wineries. We have ate some amazing food, drank some amazing wines, learned to love a bidet. Shared some awesome memories with some incredible friends. I’m glad y’all lived it with us vicariously. It truly was a trip of a life time. Ciao
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Posted by Matraciaa 18:06

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