Join me! Turin + Salone del Gusto, October 2014

It’s finally here! The itinerary for Morso Soggiorno’s much anticipated trip to Salone del Gusto 2014, the incredible city of Turin, and Le Langhe in Piedmont.

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Hope you can join me.

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Thinking Ahead! Salone del Gusto 2014

Some people wait all year for the announcement of their favorite band’s tour dates, or the first game of the season of their beloved sports team, or the latest fashions from Europe’s runways, or simply Christmas or a special birthday.

Me? My special date comes once every two years, and the building excitement and anticipation exceeds all of the above rolled into one. I wait for Slow Food to announce the dates of the Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre food show in Turin, Italy. Once they’re public, I burst into action.

The whimsical logo of Salone del Gusto 2012I scramble to get my press pass. I book a hotel that’s convenient to the show, but within walking distance of the beautiful, historic, architecturally and culturally vibrant city center of Turin. Continue reading

A Wine Shaped by the Wind.

This week’s guest post is by my handsome husband (and wine lover) Jonathan Plazonja.

It seems only fitting that days before the East Coast is ravaged by what Italian newscasters are calling a “sandy hurricane,” Mother Nature reveals her kinder side at Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto in Turin. I am at a vertical tasting of Poggio Al Vento Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino. Poggio Al Vento translates as “the windy hillock” because the vineyard benefits from dry Mediterranean breezes even in the hot Summer months. The fabled offspring of this perfect microclimate? One of the most mythical of all Brunellos.

The tasting is led by Edoardo Virano, president of this legendary estate, a man who is very experienced in the care and growing of the Sangiovese grapes which by Italian law must comprise 100% of any Brunello di Montalcino. This afternoon, we taste the 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001 vintages from magnum bottles, which he claims offer the ideal proportions for aging, and which “celebrate the Sangiovese grapes in all their majesty and beauty.” My taste buds quickly concur.

Poggio Al Vento lineup

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Faces to Feast on at Salone del Gusto.

Artisan and craft foods were the unquestioned stars of Salone Del Gusto/Terra Madre in Turin a few weeks ago.

That said, not a small number of vendors, visitors and various other interesting types competed for our attention.

Their faces, mannerisms, personal style, and passion for their products spoke volumes more than simple words could ever express.

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Salone de Gusto 2012, Day One.

Wow.

It’s even better than I imagined. Here’s a quick photo tour of our day today.

We spent the morning walking around the Southern Italian exhibits and attended workshops. An extra virgin olive oil tasting, from sweet to savory for me, and a vertical wine tasting of Borgogno wines for Jonathan.

Enjoy!