The Best Food and Wine Tours in Milan
Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it's a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci's mural "The Last Supper," testify to centuries of art and culture. Not only is Milan a treasure trove of 20th-century art, but art deco and rationalist architecture abound. Today the city leads the way with the largest post-war re-development in Italy, impressive, sustainable architecture and a futuristic skyline. Milan is Italy's city of the future, a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business, looking good is compulsory and after-work drinks are an art form. Though Italian design is world renowned, its roots lie in 1930s Milan and seeing it in a home context offers fresh appreciation. A visit to the Design Museum is a wonderful way to pay homage to the work of Italy's best and brightest. In addition, Milan is home to all the major design showrooms and an endless round of trade fairs. It was also in powerful commercial cities such as Milan that Italy's great cuisine was born, marrying Mediterranean fruits, spices and herbs with cooking methods, pastry techniques and eating styles from France and central Europe. Milan pushes Italy's culinary boundaries, making sushi and dim sum their own, and holding the second highest number of Michelin stars in the country. With so much to see, do, and taste, Milan is a great place to experience, and there are several options for Food and Wine tours in or near the area to help you make the most of your time here.
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Experience luxurious wines specially selected by a local sommelier and matched by the most traditional flavors of the Lombardy countryside on this Milan wine tasting experience. Enjoy a detailed explanation of the various flavors and history of each wine from your perch in a traditional wine bar in the heart of Milan. Savor some of the many delicious tastes of the Lombardy region of Italy with 3 different wines. Some examples of tasting options include: a glass of Refosco del peduncolo with beef carpaccio and balsamic vinegar, a glass of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo with vegetables, or a meet pie with croutons and tomatoes, and a glass of Pinot Nero paired with chocolate cake. The tasting will be accompanied by a sample of delicious regional Italian food.
These menus offered are only examples of the quality of the products, which might change seasonally.
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While in Milan, learn about the great wine that is produced in the region. Sip some of the finest wine in the area as an expert sommelier guides you through a tasting, telling you about the history of wine production in the area and noting all the characteristics, from subtle to bold, of the vino you are experiencing. This guided wine tasting allows you to sample three different wines and to snack on cold meats in between tastings. The wine of Lombardy is well known throughout the world and produces some legendary wines, including sparkling Franciacorta, red Sforzato di Valtellinese and sweet Moscato di Scanzo.
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Begin your cooking class by discussing the menu for that day while sipping tea or coffee with the chef and your fellow food lovers. The Milan cooking class takes place at the private home of Chef Clara on Piazza VI Febbraio where you'll learn new cooking techniques and the secrets to what makes the cuisine of Milan so delicious. Make four traditional dishes, the menu depending on what is in season. All the ingredients are purchased at the local market. Start making the course, which will be homemade risotto, pasta or gnocchi. Then move on to making the second course, a heart meat or vegetable dish such as ossobuco (braised veal), saltimbocca (veal and prosciutto) or a frittata. Top off your classic Italian meal with a dessert such as tiramisu, gelato, panna cotta, fruit cake or chocolate cake. When the entire meal has been completed, pull up a chair to the table and indulge in your four-course meal. Sip wine which has been selected to complement the food you're eating. At the end of the meal, get an extra perk with a shot of Italian espresso. Then leave the chef's home with a booklet of the recipes you prepared that day, as well as a certificate acknowledging your participation in the class.
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Head to Lanza-Brera Station in the center of Milan to meet your local foodie guide. And then began strolling through the neighborhood, a part of town that is inhabited by artsy bohemian types. The intimate streets are alive with active markets and a fun nightlife scene. As you stroll the streets of Brera, learn about the history of food and dining in Milan and also about the history of the area: how Brera has evolved over the decades and even the centuries. Get an overview of Milanese cuisine, from hearty polenta to breaded veal Milanese to saffron-accented risotto. Stop up to six times at various restaurants, cafes and markets to sample some of the local delights. The stops may vary with each tour and depending on what is in season but some likely dishes may include melanzane alla parmigiana (baked eggplant with Parmesan and tomatoes), mondeghili meatballs, and traditional Milan dishes. Along with local delicacies, enjoy samplings of popular Italian treats such as gelato and cannoli, or melt-in-your-mouth slivers of culatello - a prized Parma ham. Then sample some craft beer, an industry that has made some waves throughout the beer-making world in the last decade. Follow that up by heading to a bar to experience the aperitivo, a true Northern Italian tradition in which the purchase of a glass of wine allows you access to a room of edible delights: from huge wheels of cheese to silky prosciutto to green olives. When you're full, head to Piazza XXV Aprile in the center of the city to conclude the tour.
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