Italian Indigenous Varieties: Mazzese Nero from Tuscany

This week's indigenous variety hails from Tuscany, particularly the area around Grosseto and Pisa and is called Mazzese Nero. It is a red grape that is used in blends that make up the DOCs Montescudaio, Chianti Colline Pisane and Colli dell'Etruria Centrale. It is not generally seen as a mono-varietal wine or in "purezza" which... Continue Reading →

La Notte di San Lorenzo – Night of the Shooting Stars

Tonight is the night of the shooting stars or San Lorenzo, also the patron saint of Grosseto which is why I wrote this post last year. I alsoI wrote a long piece about this a few years ago which you can read here. Tonight with this terrible weather, I'm afraid we won't see anything but... Continue Reading →

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