Wine Wednesday: Fattoria Poggio Alloro from San Gimignano

This week's Wine Wednesday is dedicated to Fattoria Poggio Alloro. I met a couple of members of the family last year at the Anteprime Toscane in San Gimignano and had the pleasure of spending this year's dinner with them as well. I was enchanted both my their wines and their easy going nature. The winery... Continue Reading →

Vernaccia di San Gimignano: A Fresh Look

I spent some time in San Gimignano for the first time in 11 years this past February. I had forgotten how glorious the town was and how wonderful the wines were. I'll be writing up my notes this weekend on the denomination but for today, I wanted to mention that Vernaccia di San Gimignano  was... 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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