There are many women who work in the Italian wine industry whom I respect and admire. Some of them are friends of mine, others acquaintances and still more that I don’t know. One woman though is so particular that I always smile when I think of her, her wines and her restaurant – Laura Vacca or Laura Brunelli. Laura owns the Gianni Brunelli winery.
I’ve written about Laura often in the past as have a number of other people, including this comprehensive piece by Erin Scala on her blog, Thinking-Drinking.com.
I’m thinking about Laura today not because I am drinking one of her great wines but because her restaurant was just mentioned in the New York Times, Osteria Le Logge.
I had one of the best meals of my life at that restaurant with Laura and Gianni in 2007. A truly unforgettable experience and one I highly recommend.
As readers of my blog know, I am very focused on women in wine in general and Italian women in wine in particular. I’m not the only one who writes about this subject. Check out this blog post from Tom Hyland. Nice article Tom.
It’s Thursday and I said I would be writing about indigenous varieties on Thursday but sometimes work and life take over and I can’t get to blog. So, looking around the web or closer to some of the well known Italian wine bloggers out there, I thought I would also give a shout out to Jeremy Parzen at Dobianchi who is doing a great project on indigenous Italian varieties, another theme that I am particularly fond of on my own blog. I actually just saw that he wrote about one of my favorite women, Laura Brunelli. I’ll leave you to read his thoughts on the wines. I will write about my latest Laura experience this weekend.
Way to go boys…we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.
I’m truly looking forward to seeing Laura Brunelli of the Gianni Brunelli winery this week in New York. I had the occasion to try the latest vintages of their great wines at Vinitaly 2009 and it will be nice to see how the wines have evolved over the past two months. I met Laura & Gianni two years ago through their New York importer, Dancing Bear Cellars. Laura and I quickly became fast friends. A post I wrote on Gianni’s untimely death in November has been by far and away the most widely read post on this blog in the past year, a tribute to how much he meant to so many people. Gianni is greatly missed by all who knew him and his absence will be felt this week in New York as well. Their wines however are a way to toast and celebrate Gianni. I will be happy to drink them together with his amor costante, Laura, this week. Ben arrivata amica mia!