Italian Wine Masters Tomorrow In NYC

Tomorrow is the Italian Wine Masters event featuring the Consorzi of Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Prosecco. I’m looking forward to the event. I will be helping to pour wines for my dear friend, Susanna Crociani or Crociani Wines.

Susanna is a dear friend and I am a big fan of her wines and of Montepulciano. I’ve written about it many times such as in this post from last year.

Last year I was pouring older Brunellos but this year I will be focused on Vino Nobile di Montepulicano. I feel like this DOCG from Tuscany never really gets its fair shake, squeezed by Brunello, Chianti and Super-Tuscans of great fame but Vino Nobile is an real gem that shouldn’t be ignored. The Rosso di Montepulicano is a very affordable lovely blend that is easy on the palate and on the wallet. The Vino Nobile,while a “bigger” wine in all ways is still a great wine both in terms of price and quality.

Susanna’s version is very traditional made with only indigenous varietals: Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo in large oak barrels. She is a true ambassador for her region and keeping the faith.

I hope those in the trade will come by and taste this great wine, Susanna’s as well as other producers. I wrote an article for the Sommelier Journal on another famed producer from the area, Avignonesi.

As you can see, I am a big fan of this beautiful land. In fact, the picture on my blog is taken from Susanna’s agriturismo, il Cantastorie. I can’t wait to go back.

See you tomorrow then!


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