Posts tagged "Tuscany"
Monteraponi Chianti:  why it's like Burgundy, only better.

Monteraponi Chianti: why it’s like Burgundy, only better.

Monteraponi is not only one of the most up and coming estates in Chianti, but one of the finest.  The estate run by Michele Braganti located in Radda in Chianti has been in the family since 1974 but Michele only began making wine in 2003.  And in the span of a decade Monteraponi has quickly...
Top 10 Wines of 2012

Top 10 Wines of 2012

As I reflect back on 2012 I can honestly say that it was my luckiest year yet when it comes to wine.  I was fortunate enough to have drunk more great wine more often with more great people than any other year.  This is a blessing.  And in some ways a curse.  Whatever, I have...
A Tuscan Wine Dinner & The Meaning of Life

A Tuscan Wine Dinner & The Meaning of Life

If there is one thing I have learned about wine it’s that wine drunk alone can only be good.  To be great it must be drunk with others.  This proved true on a recent night when friends new and old came together for a Tuscan wine dinner at Aurora in Brooklyn.  I had tried a...
Fattoria di Felsina & Real Deal Chainti Classico

Fattoria di Felsina & Real Deal Chainti Classico

Chianti often gets ignored in the short list of great Italian wines.  Especially with Brunello di Montalcino sitting nearby.  But there is something inherent to the best Chianti’s that really speaks to a real sense of Italianess.  The wines of Felsina have always embodied that to me.  I am not sure if anyone else out...
IGT Toscana

IGT Toscana

Generally I don’t really drink many IGT wines from Italy (and I will get into why a bit later), but I have collected some along the way and thought it would be nice to try a few together to get a sense of what they have to offer in relation to wines from specified zones...
Brunello di Montalcino Dinner @ Bar Henry

Brunello di Montalcino Dinner @ Bar Henry

I will start off saying that I do not know much about the wines of Brunello di Montalcino.  What I did know before the tasting was that they come from a region in Tuscany, Italy.  That the region is nearby Chianti, and that they, like Chianti, are made from the Sangiovese grape.  Brunello, along with...