Heckenwirtschaft in Germany: Pop-Up Winegrower Restaurant

One of my trips to a Franconian (Bavaria, Germany) Heckenwirtschaft, a sort of pop-up restaurant at a winegrower's. Open only in spring and fall, the local wine is featured and accompanied by local meat, cheese and bread specialties. Prost!

White Asparagus, or Spargel, Germany’s Favorite Spring Vegetable

Focus on Bavaria/Germany's favorite spring vegetable, white asparagus, or Spargel. Fresh, boiled, pickled or creamed, the recipes are endless for this limited-time harbinger of good weather.

Santa Giulia Wine Estate, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

A visit to the best winery of the trip: little Santa Giulia in Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. In addition to the DOCG brunello, their IGT rosso was the best - not to mention the homemade pasta with meat ragu sauce and top-notch local pecorino and the farm's meat specialties, capicola, prosciutto and lombo.