This is the fourth in a series of collaborations with fellow blogger Orna “The Rhymer” O’Reilly of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, where we marry her original prose with my original photos and, sometimes, vice versa.

Regardless of who writes or who shoots, the end result of these creative efforts is what we’re calling PHOETRY.

Next up, a degustazione (tasting) of cheeses from around the Mediterranean paired with stellar wines from the Ca’ Lustra Winery in the Colli Euganei. It’s Wine and Cheese in the Euganean Hills in rhyming couplets.

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Wine and Cheese in the Euganean Hills

Words by Orna O’Reilly – Photos by Tom Weber

Phoetry: Wine & Cheese | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

An email arrived from Ca’ Lustra. It went:
‘We invite you to come to a special event.
We’re having a tasting of wine with some cheese.’
Said Rita: ‘Do come as you blog about these.’

Ca' Lustra Winery | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

‘It’s the first time we’ve hosted a wine and cheese pairing.
It should be informative, if not quite daring!’
On such a hot day, we did not have to tell her
The venue was perfect, down in the wine cellar.

We sat at a table, we twenty or so
And listened with interest to Enrico
Who spoke about cheeses, the hard and the soft,
From all round the Med and the samples he’d brought.

Sardinia, Sicily, cows, goats and sheep;
The cheeses produced are the best you can eat.
And the flavours from Spain and Croatia and France
Gave the wines from Ca’ Lustra an added romance.

Then Franco, our host and a pretty sound fellow,
Popped open a bottle of sparkling Pinello.
Nine cheeses we sampled with excellent wines
From Ca’ Lustra, who grow only organic vines.

Swirl, smell and sip, we just could not forgo
Muscat, Pedavenda and Sassonero.
The tasting completed, we headed outside
Where the evening had since become balmy and mild.

We dined on risotto with truffles so good
And Chardonnay, chilled, was just great with the food.
As we said our farewells, now the evening was done,
I can tell you the wine and cheese pairing was fun!

Ca' Lustra Winery | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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