The Sensory Analysis of Rice
Join the sensory analysis of rice, an interesting and unusual experience! Visit the rice fields and discover many interesting facts about rice. Taste this cereal under the guidance of experienced rice sommeliers.
What you’ll do
- Enter with the guide the IRES research centre
- Visit the research and hybridisation fields
- Learn more about sensory evaluation
- Taste the risottos
Group Tour: 2+ people
Price per person: € 199
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What to expect
You will learn to recognise the differences between rice varieties, rice defects, the use of different varieties to make many recipes, but also the most interesting pairings. You will take part in a guided tour of the research centre IRES (Italian Rice Experiment Station). Here experts in the field select new rice varieties, based on the needs of farmers, the market and cuisine.
We will visit the variety research and hybridisation fields (10 a.m.). Depending on the season, we will see how researchers work, how hybridisation takes place and how different rice varieties are created. At 11.30 a.m., we will attend an introduction to sensory analysis of rice. Together with the rice sensory analysis judges, we will enter the world of rice sommeliers!
We will end the experience with a tasting of risottos (1 p.m.)!
|Where||Nibbiola, Novara – 60 min from Milan and 90 min from Turin|
|When||Monday to Friday – duration 4 hours|
|Start time||10 a.m.
|Language||Italian, English, French|
|What’s not included||
Price per person: € 199 – minimum 2 people
Italia Delight allows you to book tailor-made food and wine experiences and foodie holidays with top Italian Food Experts.
- Create your own customised tour with the sensory evaluation of food.
The Food Expert:
I am a licensed tour guide for the provinces of Vercelli, Novara and Pavia. I have a great passion for telling the story of my territory in its landscape, cultural and gastronomic aspects: these three provinces are, in fact, the territory where more than 60% of European rice is produced. Impossible not to fall in love with rice and rice fields!
Cancellation policy: all bookings for the sensory analysis can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.
I am a licensed tour guide for the provinces of Vercelli, Novara and Pavia. I have a great passion for telling the story of my territory in its landscape, cultural and gastronomic aspects: these three provinces are, in fact, the territory where more than 60% of European rice is produced. Impossible not to fall in love with it!
After my degree in History of Art and Archaeology and the Master in Journalism and Communication, since 2008 I have been dealing with the cultural columns of Radio City The Radio of Eastern Piedmont, with guided tours between Piedmont and Lombardy for travellers of all ages, with the coordination of the activities of the multimedia Rice Museum of Casalbeltrame and with social media marketing for museums, monuments, accommodation facilities and cultural associations.
The Rice Museum of Casalbeltrame is not a classic ethnographic museum, but a multimedia museum. With audio and video effects, augmented reality, tactile experiences and an engaging narrative, travellers will be able to discover the history of paddy fields, how the fields were cultivated before mechanization and how rice cultivation has evolved to this day. A visit to the museum is a real journey through time, from season to season, discovering how paddy fields change from winter, spring, summer, to the harvest festival and November 11th, the Feast of San Martin. To accompany visitors, three guides: me in person, ready to answer your questions; one in voice, which tells in a poetic way what the “caminant”, the vagabond storyteller, saw in the countryside; and a technological guide, to deepen rice and its cultivation today with tablets and smartphones.
Not just museums: I will guide you to visit some of the most interesting farms in the area. We will discover Carnaroli rice and Artemide Black rice, a fragrant cross between the Venus Black and the Basmati rice. You will be engaged in cooking classes on rice and panissa, in the harvest of blueberries and berries. We will enter the world of the Sensory Analysis of Rice with Sommeliers of this cereal.