Monday Musings: Dedication of Bloggers To Their Craft

Today's post is dedicated to all the bloggers out there who don't make money from their blogs or make just a bit but are fully committed to their site and their voice. I was going through the blogs of many people I know in the industry today looking for copy about a specific topic. I... Continue Reading →

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Women In Wine Fridays: Ilaria Petitto from Donnachiara (Campania)

I'm reposting this interview I did with Ilaria some years ago. Since this post, we've both had children, I've seen her often and her wines have exploded in the United States. Next week I am dedicating to wines from Campania so starting off with Ilaria seems perfect. I met Ilaria about eight years ago at... Continue Reading →

Remembering Gianni Brunelli

I just got back from Montalcino this week and am reminded about so many special people I have met from that area. Among them of course was Gianni Brunelli. I met Gianni and his wife Laura Vacca through their New York importer Dancing Bear Cellars at Vinitaly 2007. I stayed with them that summer and... Continue Reading →

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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