Great trip Dom! 10 years ago we (15 of us) traveled to Firenze, Venezia & Beragamo for two weeks in November. With several children in tow we weren't able to visit any wineries, but did enjoy many a pleasurable meal. I still wish I could remember the name of that small out-of-the-way non-tourist restaurant in Florence with the fantastic Pavlovas.
I'll have to remember your post for our next trip to Italy where Tuscany will be the region of choice.