Wine&Siena, Wine&Friends

Still reflecting on last weekend’s event in Siena. The fun thing about these wine events is that you see old friends and make new ones. I haven’t been to a wine event yet where I haven’t met someone new or run into someone I wish I spent more time with.

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Yours truly with old friends Marco Caprai and Donatella Cinelli Colombini

For instance, these two movers and shakers in the world of wine: Donatella Cinelli Colombini is the President of the association Le Donne del Vino and makes one mean Brunello; Marco Caprai put Sagrantino di Montefalco on the map and leads the Green Revolution and with his ideas about environmental, economic and social sustainability.

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I had the pleasure of tasting the wines of Codice Citra Vini, one of the biggest producers of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which brings together 9 wine cooperatives in that region. (Does it help that one of their lines is called ‘Palio’?!)

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Later, I met the head of Bindi Sergardi, Nicolò Casini, producer of Chianti Classico wines. They are located near the picturesque Monteriggioni with headquarters right in Siena and they’ve been making wine since 1349! Making connections always puts a twinkle in your eye!

Because it’s the communication and passion that brings us together, as you can see here at a tasting of Podere Forte’s wines in an enoteca or wine bar close to the Piazza del Campo. And I wouldn’t have even seen that if it hadn’t been for this lovely lady cheese producer:

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Yours truly with Romina Marovelli and wine glass in front of Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good and Bad Government

Romina Marovelli of Azienda Casearia Marovelli renders the craft of cheese-making an art. Her grandfather invented the cheese il bagiolo, inspired by a kiss, or bacio. Ah, those romantic Italians! Is it any wonder that all this beauty and goodness puts a smile on everyone’s face?

The score for this post is Barbra Streisand’s People: people meeting people, and tasting, talking, exchanging… It’s what it’s all about, right?

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