Valerie Quintanilla is an American expat in Alba, Italy. Val was an original Carpe Travel contributor before packing her American life to chase her Italian dreams.
Today she runs a custom travel / wine tour planning business while moonlighting as a marketing consultant for wine and travel business in Europe. She has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine Magazine, Open Skies (Emirate Airlines inflight magazine) and more.
Valerie and her toddler il ragazzino reside in Alba, Italy in the Piedmont region, but she organizes travel and tour programs all over Italy. Stay tuned as she introduces us to more Italian wine regions!
Direct from Barolo, our wine offer is a mix of historic and up-and-coming producers from the Piedmont wine region. What makes this offer special? Wines not easily found outside of the area.
Wondering where to stay in Piedmont wine country? Castello di Sinio FOR THE WIN(E). As we continue our exploration of the Piedmont wine region, let’s start talking lodging and accommodations. First up, Hotel Castello di Sinio situated perfectly between Barbaresco and Barolo, Piedmont. The restored 12th-century castle is owned and
Tips from Piedmont on Barbera wine pairing. From fish to pasta to meats of all kinds as well as Barbera BBQ wine pairing ideas.
Tips and tricks for Barbaresco and Barolo wine pairing with tips from the winemakers. Recipes and pairing ideas, both traditional and unique. Buon appetito!
Everyone is talking about this Northern Italy travel destination. But, really, what is Piedmont, Italy known for?! Piedmont’s most obvious treasure is wine. More specifically, Barolo and Barbaresco. But, the Piedmont region offers far more than just world-famous wines. It is a gastronomic haven for food and beverage, an automobile
Turin is the capital city of Piedmont and a favorite cultural city of Europe for many reasons. But, two of the most fun, help you start the day and the evening. Piedmont culture is all about coffee and aperitivo. Vermouth Originated in Turin, Italy. What is Vermouth? Vermouth is a
The Piedmont region in Northern Italy is known for its artisan cuisine. Here is everything you need to know about the local Piedmont food you must try!
Want to visit Piedmont, Italy? Here is some information on travel seasonality, what to expect and Piedmont travel tips each season, event info and more.
Get to know the Piedmont region, a Northern Italy travel destination with a bit of everything. Learn where is Piedmont, top cities, activities and more.
As part of our Piedmont Wine Travel Guide, we’ve shared all you need to know about the grapes and wines produced in Italy’s Piedmont wine region.
Welcome back to our contributing writer, Valerie Quintanilla, a new mom who’s little man already has more stamps in his passport than I did when I was 25. Val is an expat living in Italy and a wine and travel writer for Girls Gotta Drink. Thanks, Val for sharing your
Happy Wine Wednesday! We’re in for a treat this week with a guest post from Valerie Quintanilla, one of Italy’s newest expats, living her dream in Piemonte, Italy and sharing her wine tales at GirlsGottaDrink. Her recent wine adventures took her along the Piemonte Wine Trail. Sounds amazing…read on to