Tuscany 2018

Tuscany, Italy

September  7 – 15   /2018

Food / Wine & Cultural Adventure
Led by ~ Scott Williams & Niki Gulley ~

 

Our villa homebase.
Loving the cooking class!

Join us once more as our culinary path takes us to the medieval towns, cypress tree lined roads and glorious sun drenched splendor of the rolling hills that are Tuscany.

This trip is guaranteed to satisfy the foodie in everyone, from sampling the best fare of the regional restaurants, to touring some incredible wineries, exploring Tuscan culture and learning to cook from people passionate about their food, this is a culinary adventure for all your senses!

Checking out the grapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine the enjoyment derived from strolling the narrow cobble streets of the hill towns or taking in the panoramic views from it’s outer walls as the sun sweeps across the landscape spread out before you. Start your own renaissance by standing in the shadows where the masters derived inspiration, all while

To the start of a great trip!

experiencing the grandeur of Tuscany first hand. Bask in the rich colors offset against cobalt blue skies, the rows of earth hued vines, ripe with their succulent grape harvest, all while being warmed, literally, under a Tuscan sun.

Getting ready to explore Florence.

Tuscany’s warmth is in more than the countryside, it’s within it’s people as you will discover while sampling the regions abundant wines, savory fruit and amazing varieties of cheese. There is nothing like getting to know a culture and experiencing a sense of place, it is a journey for the senses, not only visually and intellectually, but for the palate as well.

Our destinations will transport you to the culinary pinnacle of the Tuscan region of Italy. You will have the opportunity to taste local cheese and olive oils in small villages that feel like time forgot. For the wine connoisseur in everyone, you get to spend the afternoon in a castle fortress sampling wine in the home of Brunello -Montalcino.

Learning to cook from a pro.

Imagine learning to cook in the comfort and privacy of our villa or in the kitchen of an actual Italian restaurant.  Get a lesson on wine from the owners of wineries as they talk about their history and explain their wine making process.

You will have the opportunity to experience Tuscany as a local when you wander the cobble streets to poke your head into a cheese shop, sample wines, check out some hand hammered copper pots, have a little gelato and dine on some amazing food. Part of the experience will be allowing you time for exploring on your own for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch..

This unique Workshop affords you the best that Tuscany has to offer, thereby giving you an opportunity to make the most of your Italian experience.

Dinning in Florence.

We have chosen a fabulous cross section of the areas best restaurants for your dinning experience. Our communal feasts will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It presents a unique option to share views and perspectives from different people gather together in a love for good food.

 So come join us as we take you on a culinary exploration of Tuscany with an emphasis on food, wine, cheese olive oil, cooking and of course, gelato!

Space is limited to 10 participants on a first-come basis, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. 

Cellar
Winery Tour

Work Shop includes:

    • Lodging for 7 nights amid the picturesque rolling Tuscan landscape. (Pricing is for shared rooms)
    • Private van transportation to various Tuscan hill towns, including side trips to Siena and Florence, as well as to the wine towns of Montepulciano & Montalcino.
    • First nights meal prepared by a private chef at the villa
    •  Guided wine tour of two wineries, plus additional wine tastings in Motepulicano and the home of Brunello – Montalcino
    •  Continental Breakfast
    •  2 cooking classes
    • Optional truffle hunting
    • Cheese & olive oil tasting in Pienza
    •  Emergency Medical insurance
    •  Instruction, guidance, experience and fun

Your cost for all of this is $3,495 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form (the forms will be provided by email upon request) along with your deposit of $1,500 per person by 1/27/18, prices after that date go to $4,095.

Cooking class at the villa.
Tasting at the winery.

A second payment of one half of the remainder after deposit is due by Feb. 17th, with a final payment due by March 24th. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3.5% fee.

For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $750.  There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the workshop to make. If the  6 person minimum is not met by the 1/30/18 deadline, deposits will be refunded.

Airfare to the workshop is not included, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements. Flights into Italy are required to go into Rome and departing flights will have to go out of Florence. We will provide transportation from the Rome airport at one appointed time, as well as all transportation within Italy and to the Florence airport.

A gelato break.

Our trips, while not overly strenuous do require a reasonable amount of physical fitness. In order to derive the greatest experience from our destinations, we spend a fair amount of time walking within each location. Our goal being that each person should see and experience as much of the scenery and culture as possible during our excursions.

In the event of inclement weather, arrangements will be made for museum visits etc. Once deposits are received, there will be no refunds for cancelations as trip arrangements will have been made. We suggest trip insurance for travel difficulties or unforeseen illness.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us!

 

Scott Williams      214-289-8512         /         Niki Gulley     214-803-5812

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Email Scott at,  photoguy@blind-squirrel.org  if you are interested in joining us.