Summer officially ends at 10:29pm tonight. I’ll be here finishing my rosé and weeping audibly.

Summer officially ends at 10:29pm tonight. I’ll be here finishing my rosé and weeping audibly.

Lunch: gnocchi with pumpkin, leek, and smoked ricotta, paired with Pinot Bianco. Killer.  (at Terlano)

Lunch: gnocchi with pumpkin, leek, and smoked ricotta, paired with Pinot Bianco. Killer. (at Terlano)

Three kinds of Tyrolean dumplings and Schiava, aka Alto Adige tradition of yum.  (at Patscheiderhof)

Three kinds of Tyrolean dumplings and Schiava, aka Alto Adige tradition of yum. (at Patscheiderhof)

Today’s speck spread, in the vineyard overlooking Lago di Caldaro: NEXT LEVEL. A deserved photo bomb as I made everyone wait to dig in so I could take a pic! (at Lago di Caldaro)

Today’s speck spread, in the vineyard overlooking Lago di Caldaro: NEXT LEVEL. A deserved photo bomb as I made everyone wait to dig in so I could take a pic! (at Lago di Caldaro)

High on a hill was a Pinot Bianco, lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo.  (at Elena Walch, Kastelaz vineyard)

High on a hill was a Pinot Bianco, lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo. (at Elena Walch, Kastelaz vineyard)

Tasting wine from one of the oldest vines in the world at a castle, listening to church bells and cowbells. Just my typical Monday night.  (at Castel Katzenzungen)

Tasting wine from one of the oldest vines in the world at a castle, listening to church bells and cowbells. Just my typical Monday night. (at Castel Katzenzungen)

Oh, just that time Patriots QBs Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady changed a wine law. I’M NOT KIDDING! Football Week is so awesome.

Oh, just that time Patriots QBs Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady changed a wine law. I’M NOT KIDDING! Football Week is so awesome.