Explo:rad // Wine Country (My New Nation)

One nation under wine…

No, I’m kidding (sort of). I have had copious amounts of wine on this trip and it has all been delicious, which I pretty much expected. BUT. The second I stepped out of the car and into the tasting room, “good” wine took on a whole new meaning. Countless wineries and tastings later, tons of bottles purchased (one just because I had to stop SOMEWHERE to pee), I have mastered the phrase “possiamo gustare del vino” (thank god because my friends—sorry guys—were useless Italian speakers…except Frances, who managed at least to get the accent down, “one-a hundred…pear-cent…san gioveseeeeee”).

The point is, I had been looking forward for so long to going to Tuscany, and I am so happy that I finally did, and was also very, very sorry to leave. I cried…tears of wine.




First one of the most amazing, unrestricted views of a sunset I have ever seen…


And down the mountain for an insanely bright, full moon over an endless sea of grapes!

**(If you ever get to go, stop in Panzano and go see Stefano at Accademia del Buon Gusto, you will NOT be disappointed!)





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