When I published the #BeBraveChallenge, I didn’t realize an opportunity to cross something off my list would present itself so quickly!
I heard about an opportunity to attend a wine tasting and taping for House Hunters International from a friend… but since I wasn’t actually invited, I had made up my mind to stay in for the night. According to Emily Post (etiquette guru), “one may never ask for an invitation for oneself anywhere!” But standing on top of Giotto’s Bell Tower, looking out over Florence, I thought about you. I’m so thankful to each of you who read the blog and have asked for updates on how this challenge thing is going. And I thought about how I actually wanted to go to the taping and how I knew I’d regret not going just because of a social etiquette from a book published in 1922 (there are places for proper etiquette… and times to bend the rules a little.) And so I Facebooked Chase (the House Hunter) to ensure there was room (there was!) and practically ran down the steps, because I had one hour to change clothes and find some red lipstick.I arrived at Pozzo Divino a few minutes early, signed all the necessary releases (in Italian!) and met some of Chase and his wife Jen’s other friends. We promised the producer and cameraman that we would act natural, have fun, not talk over each other, and not look at the camera (easier said than done!). And with the rules-portion done, the wine-tasting and taping began. I was super nervous with the camera there… so I mostly smiled and tried not to turn red… but my big question (if it doesn’t get cut) was: “Why did y’all choose Florence?” You know I had to get my Texan y’all in there!Chase and Jen were wonderful and *Spoiler Alert* they did find an apartment! That Italian document I signed probably says I’m not allowed to tell you which one though… You’ll just have to tune in to HGTV’s House Hunters International to find out! The real star of the evening was Pino.Pino is the owner of Pozzo Divino (meaning wine well), who chose a lovely white and two red wines for us to try as well prosciutto, salame, cheese, and balsamic vinegar. He taught us about the difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico, told us how to understand what we’re getting based on the wine label, shared about how to discern the different flavors in wine and let us experience the glorious pairing of parmesan and balsamic vinegar.
And then he told us about the history of the cellar where we were doing our tasting. It dates back to the 1300s when it was part of a prison. There’s a well in the cellar that provided water for the prisoners and you can see the tunnel (now filled in) that connected it to the rest of the prison. Famous (or infamous) residents of the prison include Dante and Machiavelli, who died in the prison. Pino joked that perhaps his ghost would show up for the tasting. That’s a bravery challenge I’m so not up for!
No ghosts, a TV taping, lots of great wine and laughs with new friends made this #BeBraveChallenge a piece of cake!If you’d like to visit Pino and Pozzo Divino next time you’re in Florence, visit his website www.pozzodivino.com or give him a call at 055 2466907. His tastings are only 15€ and quite possibly the best deal in town!