The incredible story of Mr. Beconcini, the winemaker who proved the origins of Tuscan Tempranillo

In San Miniato, in the heart of Chianti wine region and Colline Pisane appellation, there is a winemaker who chose the difficult task of proving that sometimes real tradition is quite different from what we have been told for centuries. What would you expect from a winery located in Chianti, if not Sangiovese wines? It’s … More The incredible story of Mr. Beconcini, the winemaker who proved the origins of Tuscan Tempranillo

“Chianti Classico: terroir wanted”… Insight of an American Somm visiting Tuscany most reknown appellation

I am glad to host a blog post by sommelier Sabra Johnson about her personal insight of Chianti Classico. I think her opinion can give us a different perspective about Chianti wines, she has a different background from me (different culture, different palate, different expectations), I was so curious to know her thoughts about the … More “Chianti Classico: terroir wanted”… Insight of an American Somm visiting Tuscany most reknown appellation

Italian style, California mood: Giornata Winery – (How to grow a happy Sangiovese in Paso Robles)

Their last name (Terrizzi) let guess some Italian origins and in fact Brian has some Sicilian ancestors, although now his family has been American for generations. Yet the little Italian part of his DNA has been so arrogant that he decided, along with his wife Stephanie, to invest in the production of Italian style wines from … More Italian style, California mood: Giornata Winery – (How to grow a happy Sangiovese in Paso Robles)

Francesco Illy, from the espresso coffee to the Bonsai Brunello di Montalcino. Story of a “fool” who was right.

When I read about the story of Francesco Illy I couldn’t resist: I said to myself, I need to meet this man, I need to look the foolish sparkle in his eyes! So I drove among the beautiful hills of Tuscany, though the Chianti region, to the small village of Montalcino, 5000 residents, home of … More Francesco Illy, from the espresso coffee to the Bonsai Brunello di Montalcino. Story of a “fool” who was right.