Romagna

Cantina Braschi – A Focus on Indigenous Grapes in Romagna

During my few days in Romagna a couple of weeks ago, I visited Cantina Braschi in Mercato Saraceno in Romagna which is a winery with a focus on indigenous grapes. For those of you who read my last article, I started out in San Clemente, close to Cattolica, with an almost 24-hour winery party there. … Read more

Chianti Rufina

A Wine Tasting in a Historical Florentine Setting – 10 Vintages of Chianti Rufina Villa Bossi

When you get invited to a wine tasting such as the one that took place on February 11th in Palazzo Gondi, in the heart of Florence, with Chianti Rufina wines…it is almost like reaching a moment of Zen. At least for me, being a former professional historian, even though my specialization was nationalism in the … Read more

Anteprime Toscane

7 Wines To Help You Say I Love Chianti at the Anteprima 2017

On a Sunday morning (to avoid the tasting crowds) in mid-February, I headed down to Fortezza da Basso in Florence to get some Chianti Love at the Anteprima 2017. This is the sneak peek event of the Consorzio Vino Chianti where they present the new vintages. This event is always fun and in the late … Read more

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3 Top Wineries at Wine & Siena, Part 1 – Trentino meets Tuscany

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in January, i.e. last Saturday, I went to Siena for the event Wine & Siena to do some heavy wine tasting and meet top wineries. This was the second edition of this wine event which is organized by the Merano Wine Festival people. The beautiful thing with this wine event is … Read more

A September Sunday at Campochiarenti Winery

Already a couple of years ago, at the yearly Anteprima (sneak peek) of the Consorzio Vino Chianti in Tuscany, I tasted the wines of Daniele Rosti at Campochiarenti. And from the beginning, I really liked and enjoyed tasting his Chianti Colli Senesi wines. We were also following each other on Twitter. Then a year ago … Read more

A Taste of Montepulciano - Valdipiatta Winery

A Taste of Nobile di Montepulciano – Valdipiatta Winery

A summer day at the end of June, Nadia, my partner in wine, came to pick me up in the morning to go to Montefollonico and Montepulciano. We had decided we would tour a couple of wineries in the area, and one of them was Tenuta Valdipiatta just outside Montepulciano. In an earlier article last … Read more

Wine and Olive Oil Tasting by the Pool

Wine and Olive Oil Tasting by the Pool

A summer evening in mid-July, I was invited to a wine and olive oil tasting dinner at Villa Cora in Florence by the San Gervasio winery and the olive oil producer Eleonora di Toledo. It was a lovely evening where we could get to know the wine and olive oil producers better in the sofas … Read more

Fattoria di Fibbiano - A Family Wine History

Fattoria di Fibbiano – A Family Wine History

’Twas the…end of April, and together with my friend Paola Dentifrigi, we were out touring a couple of wineries in Tuscany. We had an appointment with Fattoria di Fibbiano in the afternoon like between 3 and 6 pm. We were slightly late for the appointment but thought that was not a problem. Then Giuseppe Cantoni from … Read more

Poggio Argentiera – A Winery in Maremma

… and now, fair Italy! Thou art the garden of the world (…) From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IV By Lord Byron So I know I always return to the poets of the Romanticism and Nationalist period in 19th century Europe, but, after all, that is the period I studied in my historical research. Have patience … Read more

Tempranillo in San Miniato – Pietro Beconcini Winery

On April 25th we had been told that the rain was going to pour down all day long, but me and my friend Paola Dentifrigi decided to challenge the weather and go on a wine tour anyway. It was a national holiday, as April 25th in Italy is a very important day being Liberation Day, i.e. the … Read more

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