Chianti is For Lovers

Or at least that is the message the producers wanted to send on this Saint Valentine’s Day, when surely an extra bottle or two was uncorked to celebrate! Because this week of Anteprime Toscane – the new wine releases in Tuscany – coincided with that most romantic of holidays, and everything was red passion. Held […]

Wine&Siena: Small is Beautiful

This weekend in Tuscany, the 2nd annual Wine&Siena was held in this charming medieval jewel of a hilltop city that is still contained by its ancient walls. Organized by the same people who put together Merano Wine Festival, it was an opportunity to taste the bounty of the land that is Italy, both wine and […]

When you Wear a Coat in Summer… The Palio of Siena and the Double Victory of the Lupa!

Something rare and wonderful happened in Siena the other day: the Contrada della Lupa (the neighborhood of the she-wolf) won the Palio. Only, what’s better than winning the Palio? Winning the Palio twice in one summer! That is called cappotto, or winter coat. And it is highly unusual. But bring together a fabulous horse called […]

Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a Wine of Great History

It’s a year of anniversaries and celebrations: Vernaccia di San Gimignano was declared the first Italian DOC wine (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) in 1966, and thus turns 50 years ‘young’ this year. And here in Tuscany, the famed Chianti Classico of the Gallo Nero logo, is turning 300 (but that is the subject of another […]

Now That’s a Vintage!

When they say it’s wonderful to age like a good wine, do they really contemplate a wine that is 50 years old? Today, the Donne del Vino – the Women of Wine – held a unique tasting: 10 women producers presented their wines. First, a recent vintage, something we all might buy at the wine […]

Libiam, libiamo!

The people who came up with this idea of Opera Wine really were on to something. The combination of opera and wine isn’t incidental: there are divas in both worlds. Great personalities, dramatic stories, love affairs, betrayals, elaborate plans, soaring emotions, figures that are somehow larger than life, exquisite beauty… All the mixings of a great opera […]

Under the Siena Sun

Meandering through Tuscany in the almost-springtime is something I suggest everyone do at some point in their lives. I was in Siena the other day, exploring a place called the Enoteca Italiana. While I’ve been to Siena more times than I can count, I’d never found my way into this shrine to wine. Founded in […]

Super Tuscan Superstar

Stars are born, and stars are made. Lucky us, to have lived to see the meteoric passing of winemaker Giacomo Tachis who died last week at the age of 82 in San Casciano Val di Pesa outside Florence. Crazy thing is, I’d passed through San Casciano myself, just two days earlier. I never had the pleasure of […]

Class is Not Water

Or so they say in Italian (La classe non è acqua!)  Maybe it’s Brunello, or Amarone, or Chianti, or Prosecco, or Furore. See what I mean? That phrase could have been the caption for Wednesday night’s super gala dinner for Le Donne del Vino (the Women of Wine Association). The event is called Finitaly, a play […]

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. These people not only make Sassicaia (they invented it, for Pete’s sake!), but they also make superb Sardinian wines. […]