Last week it was a youngish friend, today it's David Bowie and my 97 year old great Aunt. Life is very fragile and I am endlessly reminded of that as time goes by. Having a young son I think also puts it all into focus. Of course, I never knew David Bowie but his music... Continue Reading →
Continuing on the Tuscan theme, I realized that I never write about and rarely drink Vernaccia, the only Tuscan DOCG wine and a standout one among the reds. I wrote this post some years ago and thought I would bring it out again. Perhaps Vernaccia will make a comeback along with other Italian whites this year.
Reading through my materials today, I decided to start a new section on my blog called Italian Wine Facts. Today’s factoid is about the first Italian DOC wine. I was surprised to find out that it was Vernaccia di San Gimingnano in 1966. The wine received its DOCG designation in 1993.
Vernaccia is not an easy grape. The wine is generally pretty bitter and acidic. It has to be made from 90% Vernaccia and 10% of other grapes but non-aromatic ones.
I have had many Vernaccia over the years but it has never been my favorite, until this summer when I brought a bottle of wine from Podere la Marronaia called Visla to Cape Cod. It was made with a small percentage of Chardonnay and was at least three years old if not a bit more.
I paired it with this amazing lobster and it was a dream. The slight…
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Continuing with my "I miss Tuscany" theme, today's post is about the Conte Guicciardini family which has big news. I have known both the Count and his adoptive son - Bernardo - for a number of years now. I considered them friends and was very happy to hear their good news. According to a press... Continue Reading →
Quanto mi manca Firenze....Today I went to see the Andrea del Sarto show at the Frick Museum in New York. He is one of my favorite artists and staring at his paintings it hit me how much I miss living in Florence and seeing that beautiful city every day, its churches with paintings, sculpture and... Continue Reading →
This week's indigenous variety hails from Lombardy, from the province of Brescia. I found it mentioned in a couple of places and a white wine made from the grape called Vino Pusterla. I also found this interesting blog reference to the grape. I have never had a wine made from this white grape but I... Continue Reading →
La Befana vien di notte con le scarpe tutte rotte! Viva, viva la Befana che le feste porta via! The Befana comes at night with broken shoes, long live, long live la Befana who ends the holiday. A loose translation but literally La Befana is always the end of the Christmas holiday in Italy. This... Continue Reading →
These sunflowers in the distance are for Ben Carter of Benito's Wine Reviews. I heard very sad news about Ben today and am just thinking about him and how lovely he was. He also loved Italy as I do and spoke Italian. I met him about six years ago at the Snooth Bloggers Conference. We... Continue Reading →
As the cold of January seeps into my boned, I am reminded of past holiday travels in winter time. One of my favorite trips in the last years was to Chile, a magical place in all ways. When I visited Chile, I had the occasion to travel to a few wineries but the trip also... Continue Reading →
Downton Abbey is on this evening and it seems the perfect moment to drink Claret. While I don't have this wine on hand tonight, I was remembering a fantastic seminar I did on these wines some years ago at the Society of Wine Educators conference. The winery, Chateau Lagrange in St.-Julien, has been active for... Continue Reading →