|The picturesque Castello di Verrazzano in the Chianti wine region|
|The rustic farmhouse restaurant featuring Verrazzano wines|
|Massive wooden barrels that hold 4,600 litres of wine each|
In New York, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, named after the explorer, links the state with Staten Island and Brooklyn.
|The most promising of the three wines|
|Simple penne pasta with tomato sauce|
Each guest also got a small spoonful of the estate's balsamic vinegar aged 10 years that tasted more sweet than sour. Many were tempted into buying bottles to take home. We were told to age the vinegar for 10 years, you may start with about 100 litres and by the end of the decade there's only 20 litres left.
To finish off the meal we were given small glasses of Vin Santo or sacred wine that Verrazzano makes, and was delicious with biscotti soaked into it. A gorgeous dessert wine that wasn't too sweet.
|Thin slices of pork with beans and salad|