Wine Wednesday: Vernaccia di San Gimignano & the Mona Lisa- What do they have in common? The Guicciardini Strozzi Family

I’m really looking forward to going back to San Gimignano. I haven’t been in years and next week I will be participating in the Anteprime there. I hope to meet Natalia and other friends whose wines I know from the denomination. Vernaccia di San Gimignano became a DOCG in 1993 but I think it has not gotten the attention it deserves, certainly not in recent years. They are hosting a tasting comparing different regions of Italy that are well known for their white wines. I can’t wait!

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Principessa Natalia Guicciardini Strozzi

I had the good fortune to meet Natalia at the Society of Wine Educators conference in New Orleans in May of this year. She was on a panel entitled “Female Finesse: Outstanding Women Winemakers” together with Catherine Faller of Domaine Weinbach in France and Sara Perez of Mas Martinet in Spain. I had actually seen Natalia at a tasting held by their importer, Domaine Select, but she was speaking in Russian to other guests and I didn’t want to disturb her. That day I spoke at length with her father, the Prince Girolamo Guicciardini Strozzi. I tasted a very delicious Petit Verdot which was made at their winery in Maremma. I had never seen a Petit Verdot from Tuscany. This one is called A Solo. I was impressed with the subtleness in that wine and its spicy notes. I later found out it is made by…

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Italian Indigenous Varieties: Moscato Bianco

This week's indigenous variety is Moscato Bianco. It grows throughout the Mediterranean and was likely brought to Italy by the Greeks. It is closely related to the grape the Romans called Uva Apiana. It grows throughout Italy and can be found in the DOCS from Asti, Loazzolo, Valle d'Aosta, Colli Euganei, Colli Piacentini, Moscadello di... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year! Buon Anno!

As the first day of 2018 comes to a close in freezing weather, I am cheered by the prospects of the year to come. Surely good wine and great experiences will be part of the picture as will interesting new places and people. What I truly wish for is of course peace on earth but... Continue Reading →

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