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Tenuta Sant’Antonio Winery

August 13, 2015

Tenuta Sant'Antonio Winery

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Back in the Spring of 2010, I bought a bottle of wine at a wine tasting. It was an expensive bottle of wine for me and was really expensive then since I was unemployed at the time. I was saving it for a special event, although I didn’t know what that was. One day I came home to find my Dad drinking it! (I was living at home between jobs.) The wine was fantastic. Unfortunately, they don’t make too many bottles, and I couldn’t ever find the same brand for sale. The winery is Tenuta Sant’Antonio, which is located about 30 minutes outside of Verona.

Once I decided I was going to Venice and that I was going to drive from Rome, I knew I had to stop at the winery. The wine I had loved is their Scaia Corvina and really wanted to have another bottle. Visiting the winery was my next chance! Their website didn’t indicate whether or not they gave tastings, so I emailed them. They wrote back right away and said they did from 8-12 and 1-5 every day, but Sundays. I told them I would be there around 10 on the day I planned to arrive.

Driving from Verona to the winery was a little difficult as the GPS was unable to find the winery at first, and Google maps did not operate too well in Verona. At one point, the GPS wanted me to drive through someone’s yard on a gravel road. Eventually, I made it. I wasn’t disappointed either. They seemed surprised to see me even though I had emailed in advance, but I didn’t follow-up a few days before and maybe I should have. Once we got it sorted that I wanted a tasting, they were happy to oblige.

I decided to do reds only as that is what I had come for, and I was glad. Tenuta Sant’Antonio has 8 or 9 red wines! Plus a dessert red wine. I had never heard of that! The Corvina was still one of my favorites. The Corvina grape is partially dried before pressing, and I think it is what gives the wine such a smooth flavor. My other favorites from the tasting were the TelosValpolicella and Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Antonio Castagnedi. The Telos line is sulphate free and was the best sulphate free wine I have had. I bought one Corvina and one Telos Valpolicella. If I remember right the Amarone della Valpolicella was €35, so a bit pricier than I wanted. The Corvina was €8, and the Telos was €11. Both were great over the next few days in Venice. I wish I could have brought them back to Doha.

Tenuta Sant'Antonio Winery

Tenuta Sant'Antonio Winery


Tenuta Sant'Antonio Winery

Tenuta Sant'Antonio WineryTenuta Sant'Antonio WineryAs I said getting there was tricky. You might print a physical map to take with you. I saw a sign on the side of the road for the winery and followed it. It took me through the village of San Briccio, and there were more signs there, so you could go that way. However, on Google maps it looks like there might be a more direct way. The other thing to note is that after the village of San Briccio, there were no more signs, but the road only goes one way. I basically followed the road until it ran out, and that is where the winery was. Here it is on Google Maps. It is also on top of a hill, but my Fiat 500 made it just fine. If you have more time than I did, make a day of it and visit more wineries in the area as I passed many on my way.

Is there a winery in the Veneto region you would recommend?

Europe, Food, France, Paris

Eating My Way Through Paris

June 29, 2015

I was hoping to write about all the great restaurants that I ate at in Paris. Unfortunately, each place only really did well in some areas and failed in others. So instead, I am going to tell you what food I did and didn’t like.

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First off they seem to do smoked salmon really well. Not that I had ever had it before! It never looked appealing to me. However, I accidentally ordered it on my first night in Paris at my hotel.  The picture above is what I got and it was amazing! If it hadn’t been so expensive, I would have ordered another! This was on a bed of some kind of soft bread with a chive cream cheese spread between.  It literally melted in my mouth. I am now hooked on smoked salmon.


Meat! They love it! I hardly saw chicken on the menu. While I enjoy meat, I don’t like to eat it very often. I found this to be a huge challenge. One night, I sat down and ordered the plat du jour, which is usually the chef’s choice. Little did I know I was getting veal! I usually don’t eat veal. However, it was too late. It was okay. The best part about it was the bed of cous cous it was sitting on and the olives. As you can see it looked great! IMG_2784

Another night of meat! Although it was started off with another round of smoked salmon on top of a cabbage salad. I was on a tour for a part of my trip and the menu was set at this place, otherwise I wouldn’t have ordered meat.  Since there was no menu, I don’t know much about this except that it is marinated for hours in wine. Might have been beef bourguignon. This was better than the veal. The meat was really tender. I did not enjoy the fact that the meat was served with all the fat still attached. I kept having to eat around it. Overall, I enjoyed this meal!


Of course, wine! The French are known for their wine. This one pictured, Tradition by Les Vignerons de Buzet, was really great and not too expensive. It was suggested by our tour guide and was only 14€. It was smooth and not too strong of a red. We didn’t know it at the time, but the winery uses no chemical fertilizers on their vines. All the French wine I tried was great. I really got to like Cotes du Rhone region wine the best. Even the cheap bottles were good!


This was by far the best thing I ate, although it wasn’t in Paris. It was in Giverny. The restaurant called it a Summer Freshness in Feta Cheese Salad. One layer was tomatoes, spices and sauce and the next layer was feta cheese with chives. I am really not sure what the pink stuff was on top and it didn’t have much flavor. May have just been for looks.  The taste was indescribable, but exactly as described as it was light and refreshing! I wanted them to bring me more, but I knew I had two more courses coming.


Fish is what I kept ordering in place of meat. I was disappointed twice and stopped ordering it. The fish was usually flavorless and the sides were also plain. The fish above looked so good, but had no taste and was really expensive! The night I had the Summer Freshness salad, I had ordered salmon and it was also very plain. I would say cooked fish is not something they do well in France. Stick to the smoked salmon!

IMG_2817One afternoon I passed by a Mexican food restaurant and I thought, as a Texan, it is my duty to try it. Had to be better than what we have in Doha. The menu had very authentic things on it like enchiladas and tacos. There were a few people inside, so it couldn’t be that bad. They brought chips and salsa which was a good sign. The salsa tasted homemade. I ordered the pork taco. Instead of several small tacos, I got one large taco. The pork was almost bbq pork, but it tasted really good. However, the taco was too big to pick up and eat. The star of the dish was the peach “salsa” they served on the side. It was more like a salad though. It was peaches, jalapenos, cilantro and spices mixed together. Another thing I wanted more of, in fact, I saved it to finish after the taco.

IMG_2832Sometimes after over a week of rich food, you just want something normal to you to eat. I googled my way to a cheeseburger. While it wasn’t bad, it was served on an English muffin! The fries were actually pretty good too.  I had also decided I didn’t want to pay 20€ for a burger, so I found my way to a chain that was decked out American Diner style with pink and blue chairs and booths with oldies playing in the background.  It didn’t matter cause it hit the spot.

A few tips about eating out in Paris. Ask for tap water or a carafe or they might bring you expensive bottled water. Coffee is cheaper ordered at the bar of a restaurant and drunk standing up. You will have to ask for the check, as the French are never rushed to eat a meal! Bon appetit!