|Partial view of Villa Leonidas near Lucca Italy|
Sometime around the first of the year, Balboa Winery in Walla Walla, Washington, one of Paul's favorite family owned wineries, announced a wine vacation in Lucca, Italy at a Villa in the mountains. This would have been like telling Paul there was free Neil Young concert in Antarctica. He was all over it. Villa Leonidas is located on a terraced olive farm and very beautiful.
|The wisteria covered terrace. Paul has been frequenting it for coffee in the morning.|
Most of these folks in the small group are from Walla Walla and know all about wine and local gossip.
|Some of our companions.|
|400 years, same location, same family|
|Preparing pasta tableside inside a wheel of pecorino romano.|
|Local fresh veggies|
Overall a very slow day, but we could use one after so many rushed excursions through the world of the Medicis, art and Cinque Terre.
Paul joined the group for dinner and wine tastings. I'll let him tell you about that!
"Everything you see, I owe to pasta."
Paul's Ponderings: A welcome slow day in the area....we started late, had a long lunch, then a group dinner cooked at the villa. The weather was incredible -- warm and sunny, but not hot -- and the day started sitting on the huge veranda looking out on the valley below. There are birds flying about and the distant smoke of olive wood being burned. Late in the evening, we had a nice group dinner with various wines and discussed (surprise) wine. A nice end to a lovely day.