Bajeicò is basil in Ligurian dialect. When in Tuscany you should not miss a visit of 5 Terre & taste of the famous pesto Ligure made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan or pecorino Romano cheese, extravergin olive oil – obviously using the “Pesto” mortar and pestle. Linguine al pesto is one of the most delicious pasta of Italy and is known all over the world. It is fresh, yummy, simple and can be enjoyed in every time of the year, although in summer pesto is to die for. Being a Certified Sommelier in Italy, to me the perfect pairing of this dish is a fresh white wine of the 5 Terre region made with the grape Pigato still grown by brave farmers like it was done in the old days. A few weeks ago I admired the spectacular and breathtaking views from the ferry boat when I visited 5 Terre. Gorgeous scenery, dark blue sea, terraced vineyards that almost fall into the sea. Rio Maggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso – 5 small villages nestled on top of steep cliffs, with colourful fishermen homes that make the visit there truly unique. I loved every single moment I spent in the charming village of Monterosso and in the picturesque town of Portovenere too, walking through the small streets full of shops selling local wine, food, territory products, hats & souvenirs, and small cafè bars & restaurants – all this dominated by the ancient church of St. Peter set right on top of the cliff and protecting the town. Portovenere – namely the harbour of Venus – is a corner of paradise where the English poet Byron spent time and got the inspiration for some of his beautiful poems, strategic spot where Napoleon set up an important observation point on a rock in the sea, and now wonderful destination that tourists from all over the world come visit.
Welcome in Italy. I love Italy, where you can find so many great quality wines at really good prices… with 20 regions the variety of Italian wines is so wide that in my opinion you need your entire life to taste them all! With someone who lives here you’ll find it easier to get the right tips and the best directions to go through them, in big and known wineries as well as really small producers with not less quality than the famous ones. Piedmont & Tuscany are the regions with the highest number of Italian DOCG ( Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed) wines; Tuscany features 11 DOCG, among which are the world famous Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti and Chianti Classico, Nobile di Montepulciano and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. To be honest I can write and say a lot about this, but for sure it is not the same if you touch and see with me the immense beauty of Tuscany. Try its tastiest food & wine, and live memorable moments full of fun, with amazing views of green hills covered with vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees and gold sunflower fields below.
Contact me to design your private Brunello wine tour in Montalcino, your private Nobile wine tour in Montepulciano, your private Vernaccia wine tour in San Gimignano, your private Chianti wine tour in Radda, Gaiole, Castellina – and I will put together a memorable tour just for you!
Once I arrived in Italy – I came to Cortona, Tuscany, in 1997 – I had the chance to work in the best restaurant & catering company of Italy, where I learned all the secrets about high quality service, preparation and banqueting. Being part of professional teams I was in different cities to cater for exclusive events & banquets – all very different kinds of services and styles for top VIP clients.
Destination Events in Tuscany are really important days, no matter how big they are, and with my 15-year experience also in several well known restaurants and caterers of Tuscany they will be easy to plan, because I will assist you to ensure that everything runs smoothly during the day. And here my passion for wines comes handy too, because being a first a wine lover and second a Certified Sommelier I can give you useful ideas to help find together the wines that pair best with your meal, be it for aperitif, seated reception, cake, dessert. My deep knowledge of banqueting can be very useful also to easily identify the right location for the various moments of the day.
I’ll be happy to help you create your menu, find the right setting at the chosen venue with perfect view and light, to get the best of what the location offers. There is a lot of work to prepare events & banquets, but with the right people – professional, with long experience and an open mind – at your side, each step of the planning process will be easy, don’t you think so ? Contact me to plan your special celebration in Cortona, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Chianti and together we will make your dreams come true!