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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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 →

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