April News from Active Gourmet Holidays
WINE, WINE, WINE! April 2011

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!



For April we feature a delicious spring dish from Epicurious, "Peas, Asparagus and Basil". We also highlight some exellent  wine tours guided by a wonderful couple with a passion and knowledge of Italy that is unsurpassed. Check out the tours below, which are only run a couple of times per year. Space is limited so please inquire with any questions you may have.   


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April 2011 News - Hiking and Wine Cinque TerreHiking and Wine in the Cinque Terre
Piedmont/Cinque Terre - 6 nights
Available May/June and August/September - Sunday to Saturday




This hiking and wine tour spotlights two diverse regions: the Barolo wine zone of Piedmont and the Italian Riviera seacliffs of the Cinque Terre. Enjoy the best of both worlds: vineyards and seascapes, woodland cuisine and seafood, majestic red wines and white wines as light as a sea breeze.



Read more: Hiking and Wine in the Cinque Terre 



April 2011 News Beautiful BarolosBeautiful Barolos

Piedmont, Italy - 5 nights

Available June/July and October - Sunday to Friday


Enjoy a six day gourmet wine tour where you will sample Piedmont's culinary delights: white truffles, mountain cheeses, and, best of all Piedmont's stunning array of wines, with Barolo and Barbaresco at the top of the list.


Read more: Beautiful Barolos 


April 2011 News - Trekking for Wine in TuscanyTrekking for Wine in Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy - 6 nights

Available June and October






 A wine and walking tour in Montalcino and San Gimignano. Morning hikes and afternoon wine tastings offer an active tour for foodies and wine aficionados. Plus, there's pecorino cheese in Pienza, art in Siena, and Gregorian chants in Montalcino.  

Read more: Trekking for Wine in Tuscany    


 Client Testimonial




April 2011 News - Client Remark



 "Hi Jo-Ann


We had a fantastic time - the cooking was amazing, Sandra is a wonderful cook and personality, the location was spectacular and rest of the students were interesting and fun. We would not have changed a single thing if we did it all again.


Attached a photo - several more we can share with you."



Jean V. 












Recipe of the Month


April 2011 News - Recipe PhotoAsparagus, Peas, and Basil
Piselli con Asparagi e Basilico
(6 servings)

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots (about 2)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 pound shelled fresh peas (2 1/2 cups; 1 3/4 pound in pods) or 1 (10-ounce) package thawed frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Handful of torn basil leaves (about 3/4 cup)

Cook shallots in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until just tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in asparagus, peas, sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, then seal skillet with foil. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender but still slightly al dente, about 8 minutes. Stir in basil and sea salt to taste.

Variations: Fresh mint can be tossed in the the basil. Alternately, the whole medley can be served over short pasta with alfredo sauce, or over brown rice.

Recipe from Photo by John Kernick 








Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
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