My husband and I just returned from a trip to Italy. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the winery that produces our favorite Prosecco. The visit had been somewhat pre-arranged by someone who works at the wine store where I shop. After he established the contact for me, I communicated directly with the owners of the winery to finalize the details of our visit. I knew we'd be welcomed, and introduced to their wine-making operation, but what we never anticipated was that we'd be invited to join the family for lunch in their home.
We were positively overwhelmed by the graciousness of this wonderful family. Lunch was a 5-course feast, with everything homemade and most of the ingredients either raised, grown or foraged by family members -- and four different Proseccos were poured to pair with the food. I felt like I was in a scene from a movie -- we were strangers when we arrived, but three generations of this Italian wine-making family welcomed us like old friends. And when it was finally time to leave, they presented us with a beautiful book about Italian sparkling wines with a lovely personal inscription, and signed by all but the youngest family members.
Now that we're home, I want to send a thank-you note and gift, but I have no idea what to send. I thought about a book depicting scenes from and descriptions of the area where I live, but only three of the family members speak or understand English, so I'm not sure how appropriate that would be. I thought, too, about something they could all enjoy at home -- a pretty serving piece, maybe. If there was a local artisan whose work I admired, that would be great, but I don't know of anyone offhand (I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia). I'd love to send something that in some way reflects my home area, but I'm lost for ideas.
What would YOU send if you were me? Thanks!!!