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As a break from the preparations for the London Olympics opening ceremony, Sir Paul McCartney decided to have a stint in Montalcino. The Tuscan wine town does get its fair share of celebrities, but this visit is definitely special, as the ex-Beatle and his wife Nancy Shevell didn't spend just any weekend in town, but the one leading up to Sir Paul's 70th birthday today on the 18th of June.

The famous couple flew to Rome in their private jet and then moved on to Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino's private club and upper class hotel. It would be interesting to get the details of the McCartney's menu during their short stay. Tuscany is not an easy destination for vegetarians. We can only hope that Sir Paul's eating habits raised some awareness in the local hotel and restaurant industry. 

According to the Telegraph Paul McCartney and wife are supposed to fly back to London today, where they'll celebrate a low-key birthday party. Hopefully they'll be bringing along a few cases of Brunello di Montalcino for their guests. (I guess one of the many advantages of travelling by private jet is that you don't have to worry about hand luggage and liquids. But then all that worrying about your carbon footprint...). 

In any case Happy Birthday from us too. 

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