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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Happy Mardi Gras: The Muffaletta Calls

I wrote this post a couple of years ago but not too much has changed except that I went to New Orleans this past summer for a wine conference, my third trip to the city. I got to explore a couple of new restaurants, have beignets for breakfast and to see the river again in all its glory. I like NOLA with all of its particularities and it certainly is the place to be today. Maybe I will just wear some beads to celebrate here in frigid New York.


Today is Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday.” It is the last day of the Carnival season and always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Not being religious, I think of Mardi Gras as a celebration in New Orleans.


I have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I am sure I am missing out on a lot, even though, I think today’s weather isn’t great down there. I like Nola and had a very interesting trip there in 2008 with the Society of Wine Educators conference.

At the time, I wrote this post on my blog which has been one of the most widely read posts in the six years I have been writing this blog. Who knew – the Muffaletta was such a big draw?

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