Pinino Brunello di Montalcino: A Vertical Tasting

pinino brunello di montalcino vertical tasting

Reading Time: Vertical tasting is a powerful tool. It is a way to peer into the winery's past, present, and future. With travel restricted around the world at the beginning of this year, opportunities to do large vertical tastings don't come up often. That's why I was thrilled when Pinino

Italian Wine: Mi Amore

italian red wine

Reading Time: When it comes to my first true wine love, Italy holds my heart. In normal years, I'm in Italy at least five times per year. Thanks to the worldwide situation, that number went down significantly in 2020 and the first part of 2021 (hopefully that changes in Q3

Taste of Tuscany: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Tuscan Wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Reading Time: A noble wine waiting in the wings. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of the historic Tuscan wines. The first mention of the wines dates back to the 8th century and in the 16th century, Pope Paul III declared the wines of Montepulciano to be vino perfectissimo (perfect wine).

Riecine Looking Forward: Tuscan Sangiovese Lineup

Reading Time: Sangiovese is where our palates meet, more specifically Chianti Classico. Charine and I don't always agree on wines except for fine Sangiovese from the heart of Tuscany. Riecine is no stranger to producing great examples. The oldest records know Riecine as belonging to a monastery but it wasn't

Maria Pia Castelli

Maria Pia Castelli

Reading Time: "Stella Flora is named after my grandmother, a strong but sweet woman who worked in the vineyard until she was 89," Maria Pia Castelli tells me. In normal years, I'd be having this conversation in person, preferably in the vineyard or cellar. This year is far from normal,

Torre Bisenzio

Torre bisenzio italian wine umbria

Reading Time: It's no surprise that we love Italian wine, from all parts of the country. In recent years, I've traveled to some lesser-known parts of Italian wine country including Valle d'Aosta, Puglia, and Sardegna. However, outside of Montefalco Sagrantino, Umbria still remains a blind spot on my radar. When