san martino in italy: puglia's 'thanksgiving'
It’s not incidental that our favourite holiday here in Puglia- San Martino, which falls each year on November 11th- also happens to fall close to the American holiday of Thanksgiving, as both tend to be about the season’s bounty, and pausing for a moment to reflect on it.
Our version involves the year’s first citrus fruits, roasting smoky and flaky chestnuts and eating great quantities of roasted meats, which we do in the baron’s fireplace at the castle.
It’s also when the new wine comes out each year, released by law just days before the holiday.
Decidedly autumnal, the chill in the air seems to beg for the bigger red wines of Puglia. And the nurishing winter stews, a generous drizzle of the new oil, providing a green jolt of black pepper to the taste buds.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you about one of the projects we do each year for San Martino here at the castle in Puglia. We hope you can make it some day. Keep at eye out for the second part of this post tomorrow. And drink some red from Puglia today, wherever you are.
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