I visited Tenuto Baldovino with three girlfriends for a celebration birthday lunch. It was the most incredible lunch I have ever eaten, and Carlo, his sister, his father and his mother all made us feel quite welcome, not to mention their brood of lovely puppies who greeted mine like a long-lost brother.
Most of us are experienced at wine tasting, and we agreed that we had never attended a tasting where we liked ALL of the wines presented. We did like all of the wines at Baldovino. The food that accompanied our lunch was delicious - you have not lived till you taste rubbiola cheese drizzled with honey - and was served in a wonderful tasting room that uses re-purposed crates for the bar and features a long wood table, wood-burning fire, and warmly-coloured walls (using a wine-infused colourant, a unique decorating technique). Carlo speaks Italian, English and French (at least).
After lunch - and I must admit, a bit of a buying spree - we went touring about the countryside, ably guided by Carlo, visiting the vines and the wine cave, among other locations. In brief, it was not so much a lunch as an experience, delightful at every turn.
It's a tad hard to find, but look for the distinctive gates and cobblestone courtyard (as pictured in the image with the woman in a pink jacket).
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