Vacation? What Vacation?!?? (Nine Days Under The Tuscan Sun)

Vinted on September 28, 2011 binned in going pro

I’m about to do something that I haven’t really done in about ten years.

No, not drink a bunch of crappy, low-end Pinot Grigio. C’mon, I’m not insane here.

No, I’m talking about taking a vacation.  As in, a real vacation and not one in which I actually end up visiting something like 75 wine producers over five days.

I am flying off to the greater Tuscany area for the better part of ten days (!), and generally getting away from it all.  Including getting away (albeit briefly) from (though I suspect, given the location, that the wine bug will bite, I will visit some producers, and I’ll end up reporting on it from Tuscany – WiFi availability permitting – in some way/shape/form, mostly because I’m a compulsive and anal Right Coaster and generally-speaking am unable to help myself)…

Having said that, we’re not even taking laptop computers with us this time.  The last time I did something like this, I ended up in some pretty remote parts of Kenya (you can read about some of that jaunt here and here).  I even renewed the passport (yet again!), just to avoid the hassles I’ve encountered lately at passport control when coming back into the U.S. (apparently, Russian and South African visas, combined with stamps from Belgium, South America, and various parts of Eastern Europe, along with about one million visits to Heathrow airport arouses suspicion on the part of Immigration officials these days… I mean, c’mon, don’t I look trustworthy?!??).

Ironically, I chose a wine-country destination but the trip has nothing to do with wine whatsoever, wine press junkets, or the like – I just haven’t been there and have always wanted to go, and I want to be the annoying tourist on this trip, and not a wine pro.  I.e., I’ll be drinking mostly, rather than tasting and critiquing, and trying to give my life the Under The Tuscan Sun treatment, only for real and not in some over-Disneyfied way of making everything Tuscan by presenting it on earthen, sepia-toned colors and serving fresh-baked bread with it.

All of which is a long way of saying that 1WD articles will probably be infrequent (or is that frequently sporadic?) over the next several days.  Actually, what it means is that comment response by me will be infrequent over the next several days, and then articles might be a bit infrequent as I catch up on things.  But fear not, because your financial investment for 1WD content ($0.00) has already been automatically refunded into your checking account! You should stick around this week, though, because there’s an EPICLY wicked video interview posting here tomorrow that will melt your face with the guest‘s awesomeness.

More to come from Italy!  Stay tuned…






  • Debbie Gioquindo

    Have a wonderful time!!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Debbie!

  • Thomas Pellechia

    Have a good vacation, and try to exceed the Tuscan boundaries.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Thomas – will try on both counts!

  • Mark Cochard

    Dude, .Headed to Tuscany for 12 days next month perhaps compare notes on what to see and do and hook-up if paths have the possibility of crossing. Shoot me a dm on twitter with your email address.
    I guess since i commented you have email address.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Mark! Enjoy! Will likely miss you ad we are heading back before then but will try to email!

  • Troy

    You will have an amazing time!! I want to go too!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks! So far enjoying Pisa, may head to Lucca tomorrow.

  • Doug

    If you're going further south, don't miss Felsina, Joe! That Fontalloro isn't going to drink itself. The drive from Siena down to Montalcino through the Colli Senesi is amazing too.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks Doug!

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