Guido Gualandi

Wine & Olive Oil Producer
Tuscany, Italy

Best Accomplishment: When my wine, Gualandus 2005, was named in the top 13 wines in Europe (from the vineyards I planted, with no help from consultants)
Proudest Moment: When my first child was born
Cooking Philosophy: Wine Philosophy: Grow good grapes, use common sense in all processes, make sure the fermentation is smooth and follow the wine through the entire aging process

Best Farmers Market: My backyard
Best Kitchen Tool: Knife
Best Home Cooked Meal: It depends on the season. For summer, fresh tomatoes with olive oil on bread; for autumn, boiled white beans with fresh olive oil and garlic; for winter, ribolita with olive oil and for spring, zucchini flowers stuffed with anchovies, olive oil and pecorino
Best Dinner Party Menu: South Indian: Beets with fresh curry leaves, coconut cauliflower and curry leaves, smoked pork strips with tomato and curry and a cheese tarte tatin
Best Party Appetizer: Bruschetta with thinly cut black cabbage and mushrooms, garlic and olive oil
Best Cheese: Pecorino

Best Restaurant, Period: Undecided
Best Pizza: Napoli
Best Cheap Eat: Falafel in the Middle East
Best Sushi: Was toro, now vegetarian (due to over fishing)

Best Wine Under $15: Montebetti
Best Beer: Guiness
Best Coffee/Tea: Arabica blend from the coffee shop around the corner from my home

Best Song: Castillo de Espana
Best Movie: Indiana Jones

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