Calabria Calls: Roberto Ceraudo

During Italian Wine Week, I had the occasion to try many wines from Southern Italian regions made with indigenous grapes. Among those that I really enjoyed were wines from Roberto Ceraudo from Calabria. I tasted a few of his wines and was particularly fond of the Grisara and the Dattilo, the former made with Pecorello... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Kerner

Kerner is a grape that was created in Germany in 1969 by crossing Schiava Grossa or Trollinger with Riesling. It came to Italy early on and has been considered an Italian national varietal since 1981.  It is often made into a mono-varietal wine and at times is blended with other varieties. It is similar to... Continue Reading →

Anteprime Toscane

This past weekend was the start of the Anteprime Toscane when different top Tuscan denominations show their new vintages. I got to go to a number of these events some years ago and it was truly an experience. Sadly this year that was not in the cards but perhaps next year I will be back... Continue Reading →

Giacomo Tachis: Mille e Una Notte

When I learned of Giacomo Tachis' passing earlier this month, I was reminded of how many of his wines I have tasted. Yesterday on Valentine's day in fact I was just thinking about one of these special wines as one that I consider romantic and sexy as every good Valentine's day should be: MIlle e... Continue Reading →

Chianti Colli Fiorentini D.O.C.G.

I thought I would repost this piece because I just saw Diletta during Italian Wine Week and the wines were as delicious as ever. Florence is on my mind today as I read a mystery set there, translate a book about Florentine life and missed eating Cenci, Schiacciata alla Fiorentina and other delicacies. I can’t wait to try those foods again in situ. I am long overdue for a visit.



The denomination Chianti Colli Fiorentini Denominazione d’Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) is just like someone who is always a bridesmaid and never a bride. While not the least mentioned of the seven sub-zones of Chianti D.O.C.G., it is rarely talked about and I think that’s a shame. This production zone is located in and around Florence and the Arno river valleys. Like its other six cousins, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Aretini, Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti Colline Pisane, Chianti Montalbano and Chianti Montespertoli, producers can chose to use the denomination or not. The area was defined in 1932. With DPR 290 of July 2, 1984, the Chianti Colli Fiorentini area was officially granted DOCG recognition; The Chianti Colli Fiorentini Consortium was founded on September 20, 1994.

The wines must be at least 70% Sangiovese. They can also contain Canaiolo and Colorino, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in small…

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