Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 2011

Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 2011 via Inside IWM: I always like a wine with a story; I enjoy it more when I know about the history behind a wine. Last time Sergio was in town, we tasted through a slew of wines for the showroom—all our Italian wine selections are tasted and approved by Sergio to ensure that we are representing the best quality wines possible....

Forever Fontodi

Forever Fontodi Very little can go wrong when you start with organic grapes sourced from Tuscany’s illustrious Val d’Orica region, add in a dedicated proprietor in Giovanni Manetti and then give the reins to the likes of Franco Bernabei. It’s a winning formula, and for this venerable Tuscan estate in Panzano, success almost seems a foregone conclusion.Despite having tasted most...

Cellar Note: 1999 Summus

Cellar Note: 1999 Summus ~ The venerable Poggio Alle Mura Castle, home to Castello Banfi ~ Ah, the Cellar Note….Every time someone asks the question: “Why do you like wine so much, why do you save wines for so long?” the answer almost always is very simple – Wine is special. Nowhere in the world does a simple beverage transcend it’s purpose as a libation more than wine....

@Decanter 18 (93) Points For 2009 Brunello di Montalcino

@Decanter 18 (93) Points For 2009 Brunello di Montalcino The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate. via Montalcino Report: From the May 2014 issue of...

Custoza – One of the Best Italian Whites you probably don’t know

Custoza – One of the Best Italian Whites you probably don’t know via learnitalianwines: Silvio Piona, Az. Agr. Albino Piona (Photo ©Tom Hyland) So many excellent whites from Italy, so little time… Recently, I was in the western reaches of the Veneto region near Lake Garda, tasting new releases of Bardolino. A bonus of this event was an additional tasting of a lovely white from the...

Cirò

Cirò ~ Azienda Librandi ~ Librandi. You may not be familiar with this family run estate in Southern Italy, but if that’s the case, let this article change that and put these wines on your buying radar.The Librandi winery is a close knit family enterprise founded in 1950 by Antonio and Nicodemo Librandi. Today the winery is run by Nicodemo, his two sons Paolo and Raffaele, his nephew Francesco...

Some Rain And Colder Temperatures But No Risk Of Freezing in Montalcino

Some Rain And Colder Temperatures But No Risk Of Freezing in Montalcino Yesterday, suddenly, the sky became dark and a few millimeters of rain fell.It was very little rain considering how dark the sky was.On the Mt. Amiata, snow fell and the temperatures descended in a significant manner.The inclement weather, with wind and gelid air coming from the east, for the moment has brought a lowering of...

Rare & Unusual

Rare & Unusual  ~ The Unique Man – Michele Braganti ~(Photo Courtesy of Joanie Karapetian) I am the richer for having found Monteraponi’s wines. At the risk of waxing poetic, I hope that these pages have encouraged you, the reader, to seek these wines out. They are distinctive, they are personal, they are soulful and delicious. In a sea of what can sometimes be homogenous Chianti...

Vinitaly Informations

Vinitaly Informations The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate. via Montalcino Report: Hall 9/Stand A3 We hope to see you at the fair! For more info:...

The Latest from Alto Adige – Excellence Defined (Part One)

The Latest from Alto Adige – Excellence Defined (Part One) via learnitalianwines:  Pfitscher Gewürztraminer “Caldiff” – an Alto Adige gem! (Photo ©Tom Hyland) When people ask me which Italian regions are my favorite, Alto Adige is always in my top five; some days, it’s in my top three. It’s a remarkably beautiful area, especially when you view the northern...

The Master of Sangiovese

The Master of Sangiovese ~ Paolo di Marchi – The Master of Sangiovese ~ There’s gorgeous and then there’s drop dead gorgeous. The gap between the two may not be imagined as a very large chasm, and although that might be true, it takes a leap many more times gargantuan than required to hurdle the distance.I met Paolo di Marchi years ago. He’s as humble as humble can be....

Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Talenti 2010 Rosso di Montalcino

Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Talenti 2010 Rosso di Montalcino via Inside IWM: The Talenti name is one of the most legendary, historic names in Montalcino. The winery was founded in 1980 by Pierluigi Talenti, who bought the eponymous estate after many years of revolutionizing Brunello di Montalcino at Il Poggione. IWM has long championed the Talenti label; year in and year out, Talenti has produced quality,...

Bardolino – Variety, Value and Charm

Bardolino – Variety, Value and Charm via learnitalianwines: Silvio Piona, Az. Agr. Albino Piona (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I wonder how many Italian wine lovers pay much attention to Bardolino. I know I don’t try as much of it as I’d like to. There isn’t much attention paid to this wine and that’s a shame, as it’s quite charming as well as being very affordable, but...

Rocca Redux

Rocca Redux ~ Cellars at Rocca di Castagnoli ~ If you look at the Rocca di Castagnoli website, it seems as though it’s an agriturismo before it’s a winery. Maybe that’s part of the problem. There seems to be a lack of focus here – a lack of passion which is manifesting itself in the wines.When the 2007 Chianti Classico were released, I had the fortune of tasting the Rocca...

Recipe: Cassoulet

Recipe: Cassoulet ~ Lavender & Sunflowers in Provence ~ As we say goodbye to winter, I decided to kick it out with one final classic winter dish, Cassoulet. Cassoulet originates from the Provence region of France and at it’s most basic is nothing more than a rich, hearty bean and meat stew. It’s very flavorful, great with wine, ridiculously easy to make, although it does take some...

Annapolis Capital Gazette @capgaznews Recommends Tenuta Il Poggione And Mazzoni

Annapolis Capital Gazette @capgaznews Recommends Tenuta Il Poggione And Mazzoni The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate. via Montalcino Report: Here’s...

SideTrip Sonoma: Can you say Meritage?

SideTrip Sonoma: Can you say Meritage? It’s probably one of the most mispronounced words in wine lexicon. Meritage. It’s a coined phrase by an association of wine growers and is a combination of Merit and Heritage. It rhymes with Heritage. Don’t announce yourself the novice in your local wine shop by asking for a French accent twanged Meritahhhhhge. Bzzzt, thanks for playing our...

Irish Barmbrack for St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Barmbrack for St. Patrick’s Day via Inside IWM: Saint Patrick’s Day is quite an event in New York, drawing crowds from all over the country for the spectacle of the annual parade down 5th Avenue.  Of course you can drink beer on the day, but have you ever considered wine?  When it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day wine pairings, you certainly want something that has a lot of body and...

Oddero Trio

Oddero Trio ~ Her family wines are as charming as she ~ Cristina Oddero’s family has a long, proud tradition in the Langhe and that tradition of excellence extends to the Oddero wines we’ve reported on here at Tuscan Vines.The trio of wines below were tasted in various settings – two of which were during a Chef’s tasting menu. One “By the Glass” and the other...

2012 Rosso Is One Of @AntonioGalloni’s "Favorites" @VinousMedia 91 pts

2012 Rosso Is One Of @AntonioGalloni’s "Favorites" @VinousMedia 91 pts “Il Poggione’s 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the best value-priced reds I tasted during my trip to Montalcino,” has written top Italian wine expert Antonio Galloni in his Vinous Media newsletter.Tenuta Il Poggione 2012 Rosso di Montalcino91 points”Il Poggione’s 2012 Rosso di Montalcino...