One of our highlights while staying in Varenna. Promptly picked up at 10 a.m. Upon arrival at the Ristorante we were offered coffee, expresso, etc., and a small assortment of pastries. A short time later the wine came out. I had white which was excellent. The red was also very good. The crafts of wine never were empty and over the next 5 hours everyone enjoy good times learning from Merino. His demonstrations were superb. We learned lots of technics that were unique to him and that we will incorporate in our kitchen back home. That day he made a pasta, risotto and Veal. It was all outstanding. In short, this was a wonderful day with wonderful people and a highlight. We highly recommend this experience. Final note - the price was extremely reasonable for what we got.