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I have done wine-tasting at many different places, both in the U.S. and in Europe.  But my wine-tasting experience at "Fattoria Il Poggio" was by far the very best.  The Fattoria is located in the countryside, off the main highway, between the cities of Pistoia and Lucca.  Although it caters mainly to the tourist bus trade, Darlene and I were warmly welcomed.

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The dining/tasting can be either indoors or "al fresco".  Being a very warm day, we chose the indoors and also selected the "cold" rather than the "hot" lunch.  Setting on the table prepared for us were 6 large bottles of wine (3 red, and 3 white).  We were encouraged to drink as much as we wished (no teeny-tiny sips).

The "cold" lunch was a large platter of gourmet breads, cheese and meats.  This was followed by a plate of assorted "dulce" (desserts) accompanied by a bottle of dessert wine.  This in turn. was followed by Limoncello liqueur, and lastly by a shot of Grappe.

If I'm ever in Italy, I will make it a point to return to Fattoria Il Poggio.