Chianti Classico Thoroughly Examined

While Chianti Classico may be such an agreeable and appealing wine to millions of consumers around the world, its complex history belies the apparent charm of this product. In their latest book Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine, Bill Nesto and Frances di Savino tell the remarkable story of how this wine came to emerge out of hundreds of years of internal struggle...

Adriatic Diary: Romagna Makes Great Wines

Romagna is the eastern part of Emilia Romagna. While the western part is more familiar to consumers (think Parma ham and cheese and Modena for balsamic vinegar), Romagna is not too shabby.First of all, it wins from a cultural perspective. We had a guided tour of Ravenna, a gem of a Ravenna city with 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And then there are the wines.Romagna’s strongest suit is its...

Where to buy vegan wine

Currently there is a big debate over going vegetarian or vegan: some argue that animal proteins should not be eaten at all, some claim that animals have the same rights as us and should not be killed or even kept in farms and exploited. Whatever one thinks about this matter, what is sure is that a healthy diet includes a significant number of portions of fruits and vegetables per day, as they provide...

Recipes: Dry Creek Vineyard Wine Pairings

Here at TuscanVines our love for Italian wine and fine food is well known.  We enthusiastically embrace the wine lifestyle;  the idea that life slows, bottles uncork and family relaxes at the rustic kitchen table.  Wine and food are inextricably linked with family and conversation.  Nowhere is that more true than Italy and in that spirit, we feature an extensive Recipes Page,...

Vineyard Update: An Alternative to Weed Killers

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Vineyard Update: Employing Integrated Farming

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Piaggia Riserva

~ Carmignano ~ “The elegance of a wine is already present in the soil which nourished it”…... E. Falsini I’ve known Silvia Vanucci for years.  The first time we spoke was after my initial tasting of her single vineyard Carmignano, Il Sasso, 2008.  That wine was a revelation for me so I approached Silvia about interviewing her and her winemaker.  That...

Crazy Weather in Montalcino

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Fingers Crossed for a Mild April

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Paramount Planeta: Burdese 2008

~ Castellammare del Golfo, Sicilia ~ Although my love of Italy extends across all regions,  my family ancestry is rooted around Napoli and Castellammare del Golfo,  in the north western corner of Sicily.  Castellammare del Golfo is a tiny commune with a population just under 14,000 people and lies midway between the larger and more important cities of Trapani and Palermo. ...

Inside IWM, April 6-9, 2015: Savor the Flavor

Fiddlehead ferns, one of spring’s most evanescent pleasures This week we were all about the flavor. We began with Julia Punj’s impassioned, nostalgic review of an under $ 22 bottle of Frappato, and her reminiscences of a tiny Italian restaurant in Vancouver, BC. We stayed in southern Italy to take a small tour of Campania’s most emblematic grape varieties, offering mini-primer to...

Italy’s 50 Best White Wines

Sabino Loffredo, winemaker, Pietracupa, Montefredane, Campania  His Greco di Tufo is one of Italy’s 10 greatest white wines  (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I’ll get right to it – Italian white wines are among the finest whites in the world. If you’ve been tasting them over the past decade, you know that to be true (unfortunately, there are too many wine critics that either have not...

Weather Report: Cold Weather Threatens Young Buds

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Pairing (not Paring) Spring Vegetables

Spring and summer usher in a new batch of colorful vegetables, some of which throw a curve ball when pairing with wine. Now is the time to flex your creative muscles! It’s notoriously challenging to find proper wine matches for artichokes and asparagus; however, roasted root vegetables, stewed beans and earthy mushroom dishes lend themselves quite well to wine. From my experience, when in doubt pull...

King’s Ransom for the Wine of Kings?

~ Vineyards in Barolo ~ Monforte; Serralunga.  They’re world famous names that wine lovers recognize instantly.  Giacosa, Conterno, Gaja, Scavino, Mascarello, Clerico, Sandrone,  and many others are equally recognizable.  They have built a foundation of greatness in Piedmont that is unmistakeable.   However,  it is often said that success breeds...

Campanian Grapes: A Brief Guide

Today, John Camacho Vidal showcased a pair of Campanian wines for his expert selections. We thought we’d look a little more deeply into this southern Italy region, and pick out a few of our favorite grapes. Italy’s a confusing place–especially for wine. A few thousand years of winemaking history, a couple thousand of grape varieties, twenty regions and lots of designations, as well as IGT,...

Recipe: Pasta alla Siena

~ The famous Campanile in Siena’s Piazza del Campo ~ Siena is magical.   It’s narrow lined streets bustle with shops, ristoranti, trattorie and throngs of people.  Yet despite the congestion this ancient walled Etruscan city can attract,  the beauty and enchantment that is Siena never succumbs to the crazed masses.  Whether its sitting with a gelato...

Expert Picks: Domaine Barat and Domaine Henri Boillot

It’s warm! It’s warm! I cannot believe it! The last weekend in March I had to escape the cold and rainy northeast, if just for a few days, so I bolted to visit friends near San Francisco. I relished in being able to drink my coffee outside on the porch in shorts and a t-shirt. I feared coming back east, but as it turns out, those fears were unfounded. We hit the 50’s last week, and this coming...

Confessions of an Italian Wine Lover

This is the holiest week of the year for Roman Catholics.  Holy Week commences with Palm Sunday and culminates with the rebirth that is represented by Easter.  It only seems fitting that I should use this week for reflection and confess that which has been roiling within me;  festering for decades just below the core surface of my very being.  Therefore,  I’m freeing...

The Bordeaux System and the ‘en Primeur’ Vintage of 2014

Right now, Bordeaux, located in southwest France is hosting a week-long tasting known as “en Primeur” of its most recent vintage, 2014. To offer a simple explanation of en Primeur, it’s a centuries old practice wherein Bordeaux winemakers draw samples of wines from barrels (barriques), place the samples into temporary bottles, and offere them up for tasting. This notion of the en Primeur system...