and the food like this
it's hard to resist...
Hence we drove to the Chianti and followed the crowd through the woods to jump into the midst of the clatter, chatter and laughter of a Tuscan Christmas gathering,
which was cleverly interrupted by countryside walks to make sure there was room for more,
until - inevitably - the moment arrived, when all the plates were licked and the last bottle of Chianti was emptied and it was time to go home (you said you drive, right?).
INGREDIENTS FOR A TUSCAN GATHERING
Lunch was organized by Emiko Davies and Giulia from Juls' Kitchen, who with the help of their respective partners put together a fabulous Christmas menu. Wines were served by Sarah Fioroni from San Gimignano's Fattoria Poggio all'Oro.
Good chats were had with lots of people, but I drunk too much to remember all of them - (Sarah thanks for filling up my glass! But through the mist I definitely remember having met the owners of some fabulous B&Bs and agriturismi in Tuscany and Rome - they obviously managed to leave a vivid impression.
- Irene Berni and Paolo from the incredibly stylish Val di Rose near Florence
- Luisa and Matthias from the ideally located Agriturismo Il Rigo in the midst of Val d'Orcia
- Linda and Steve from The Beehive, my favorite B&B and hostel in Rome
- and Molly McIlwrath - no accommodation here, but plenty of useful Tuscany based information (I've alreday told you about Molly in my article about family tours in Florence).