Super Tuscans!

They never cease to amaze, these Super Tuscans. I met two in my hotel here at Vinitaly. They need no introduction: Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri, Italy. Ring a bell? Sassicaia – the Super Tuscan by definition.

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Sebastiano and Elena, two Super Tuscans if I ever saw one!

These people not only make Sassicaia (they invented it, for Pete’s sake!), but they also make superb Sardinian wines. I visited them at their Vinitaly stand on Tuesday,

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and enjoyed sipping some of their special products. I tried the white Samas and the red Montessu, both Isola dei Nuraghi IGT. IMG_6189

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Yours truly with Elena Bollati at the Tenuta San Guido stand

Extremely hospitable and open, guess what they had me try from this unmarked bottle (answer below):

IMG_6193But my tour through Tuscany didn’t end here. In fact, I met with other Super Tuscan women throughout the day.

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Here I am with Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Vice President of the Donne del Vino or Women of Wine Association. This lady makes one mean Brunello!!! And she loves her terroir, promoting all the products, including the lovely cheese you see on the cutting board there.

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Can you see the name of this Brunello? Prime Donne!

Then I moved on to Castello Sonnino, where I tasted the gamut from their unique Leone Rosso, to the Castello di Montespertoli Chianti DOCG Riserva.

IMG_6226The San Leone is blend that includes merlot, sangiovese and petit verdot –  a spicy, full bodied red that is quite satisfying. I even sampled their exquisite Vin Santos. What was I saying about Tuscan hospitality?

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Yours truly with Caterina de Renzis Sonnino, winemaker and fabulous graphic designer who makes wine labels

The creativity, inventiveness, warmth and uniqueness of Tuscany is in every bottle.

Mille grazie, amici toscani!!!

Answer: Sassicaia!

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