At the castle we ate Agnolotti with Butter
Late Night Jazz in a Small Village in Italy
Polenta with Robiola at Viotti Vini
Bruschetta and Barbera at Paolo Marengo
Salami and Grapes
Candles thoughout the town. The entire village turned out their lights for the event.
Through the Viotti Vineyards by Candlelight
Last night, the hilltop village of Castel Rocchero put on an incredible event. A walk -- through the vineyards -- by candlelight -- with stops at 6 wineries and culminating at the village castello. Each of the stops served a different course:
Bagna Cauda / Cortese
Polenta with Goat Cheese / Albarossa
Salami and Grapes / Barbera d'Asti
Farinata / Brachetto Secco Frisante
Bruschetta / Barbera d'Asti Superiore
Agnolotti al Burro / Barbera and Dolcetto d'Asti
The tour ended in the town piazza with a jazz concert.
We were clearly the only non-Italians. It was another wonderful example of how Italians celebrate the seasons -- grapes full and heavy on the vine, everyone getting ready for the harvest, and the vineyards are at their most beautiful.