For the Cajun’s birthday, we had a special day planned. This included a morning filled with bubbly, an Italian feast for lunch and an afternoon picnic in a perfect Italian village. It was a fantastic way to celebrate!
We began the day with an introduction to fine Italian sparkling wine in the area known for making Italy’s best- Franciacorta. Franciacorta is considered to be the crème di la crème of sparkling wines in Italy. It is not Champagne as something can only be labeled as Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France. It is not Prosecco, as that is named after a sparkling wine produced in another region of Italy. It is only considered Franciacorta if it is produced by grapes grown within the boundaries of the tiny Franciacorta region which boasts highly mineralized soil from ancient glacial activity in the area. The result is fantastic bubbly!
We visited Il Mosnel winery there. This house traces its history back to the 16th century and the cellars from that time are still used today. Mosnel has only relatively recently transitioned from still production of red wines to sparkling production of Franciacorta. We sampled every release and variety of their product and had a great time doing so! Each sip was better than the last and we left with arms full of bottles to bring back to the hotel.
After getting tipsy on Fraciacorta, we were happy to have a driver to take us to Uva Rara for a lovely lunch. It was a fabulous meal! Even better, the menu was pre-planned just for us with matching wines for each course.
After lunch, our driver took us to the lovely village of Borghetto located near lake Garda. The small village has the River Mincio running right through the center of town. It is such a beautiful setting with lots of medieval style houses and watermills that are still in operation with the strong current flowing in the river. Visiting Borghetto really is like stepping into a fairy tale. We enjoyed a bottle of our Franciacorta in a tree-lined park along the river and watched the people stroll by and the ducks struggling hard to swim in the river’s strong current. The weather was gorgeous and we were even treated to a concert from a traditional village band.
It was the perfect birthday celebration!!