Thursday, January 01, 2009

FELICE ANNO NUOVO-2009 Blog post #300

1 Gen. 2009
Welcome to the 1st post of 2009. Last year I posted about every 2.3 days, so we will see if I can keep up that pace.
Our friend and master's classmate, Matteo finally made the trek to Nascondiglio di Bacco, arriving day before yesterday. Now, we have hosted all of our classmates, save one. (Silvia, where are you?) We have been treated to some grand Piemonte wines from our champion sommelier.
Last night, with roast chicken, steak fiorentina, lentils and other fixings, I finished out the year with a glass of Kurni, which I have described before as the highest rated wine from the Marche. Prior to that, we tried Morellone from our friends at Le Caniette. It was a good finish to a difficult year around the world.
We are full here at the B&B and expecting a bunch of late stragglers for breakfast, which will include jams, breads and sweet cakes all made in house, fruit, coffee or tea and anise biscotti.
Yesterday, I took Matteo to Ripatransone, Offida and Ascoli Piceno. The photos are of a creche in Ripatransone, where we also navigated the narrowest alley in Italy. Then you see the Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli, which was surprisingly empty. Matteo tried his 1st anisetta from Meletti in the famous eponymous bar which will be 102 years old this new year.
Our vineyard is a soggy mess, so pruning will have to wait for a while. We are going to see sub freezing temperatures for the 1st time this coming week and maybe a bit of snow.
Bacco is doing well and is quite happy after getting the huge T-bone from the 4 inch thick steak last night.
Wishing everyone a Peaceful, prosperous 2009; thanks for those who visited us last year and we hope to see a bunch of new and old friends here in 2009! And thanks for following along with my 300 musings here on the blog.

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