I had a lot to drink today! It was a rainy day in Siena but Ekhart and I had made plans to go to the market for lunch as the market only occurs on Wednesdays. We had a walk around and had pork panini from the two guys in the attached photo. It was a bit too fatty for me so I only ate half.
Ekhart had come across an enoteca (wine bar) right near the market when he was out and about the other day so we decided it was the perfect day to be inside having a nice glass of wine. When in Siena….
“Enoteca Italiana” is apparently the only state run enoteca in Italy. They have 2,000 different wines on their menu, and the cellar was beautiful (at least the part we were able to view).
Stefan, seen in the photo, was our barman. Today’s offering consisted of twelve bottles divided into three groupings of four with pricing per glass from €3 ($4.50) for the basic Chiantis, etc., to €4 ($6) for the mid-range of Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, etc., to €6.50 ($9.50) for the Barolo and Brunello range.
We decided to have two different glasses from each group and share. Our favorite was the Vino Nobile, label attached.
Wednesday morning, our classmate Bob invited us all over to his flat at 5:00 for a drink so we left the enoteca at about 4:30 and headed his way. His flat is very similar to mine and is also quite close to the school. For the sake of privacy, I will not name which students are in the photo but will state that Linda is not one of them. She showed up fashionably late!
Ekhart and I then took “la passeggiata” (the evening walk) around Siena. The rain had finally stopped by then!
The ‘whiney’ bit? I guess that was the fact that I was up late doing my homework as a result of being out drinking most of the day. Also, Linda was a little emotional at Bob’s (seems to happen on a daily basis). I still have mixed feelings on that one.