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Vigna I Botri Riserva 2008

Interesting wine from Chambers Street …. organic and blind tasted against a Rosso di Montalcino just being told they were from the same country .. dry, with medium racy acidity, medium smooth tannins, medium body, medium 13.5 alcohol, and a very intense herbal cherry (red) finish … could easily be confused (blind) with a Burgundian […]


Meeting Martin Kronenberg of Brancaia Wines

  “My wife’s parents fell in love with this vineyard nearly thirty years ago,” says Martin Kronenberg, the tall, broad shouldered winemaker at Brancaia wines, a  family owned winery which in the last dozen years have come to adorn shelves with quality wine in more than forty countries. I didn’t ask, yet can imagine the […]


Importance of Labels at Tuscan Wine Fair

“Label, anyone?” One of the most interesting benefits of the Tuscan wine fair was the ability to see all the different labels. While many producers had traditional labels, the producer above decided to kick it up a notch with a “Millennial friendly” label showing an image that appears to resemble a skeleton. Millennials in America […]


Buy Tuscan Wine Fair

“What a fabulous fair!” Imagine entering a fantastic space (an ancient train station, from what I understand) rebuilt with the latest technology, and filled with some of the best wine producers in Tuscany.   This was the 2012 Buy Wine event, which allowed the trade to meet producers small and large, and taste some of […]


Exploring Plan dell’ Orino in Montalcino

  “They’re sacrificing their lives for grapes!” I remark  to a friend, after an amazing visit to Plan dell’ Orino in Montalcino, Italy with owners/winemakers Jan Hendrick Erback and Caroline Pobitzer, who gave us a tour and tasting at their modest winery. It is literally an old farmhouse that they bought after spending many months […]


Discovering Le Mortelle – Antinori’s New Tuscan Winery

  Just imagine excavating a space for a winery and finding rocks so large and fascinating you are compelled to change plans and create a “glass cellar” so that visitors (and workers too, of course) can look out from the underground space and see the incredible collection of large rocks that form the basis of […]


Visiting Petra winery in Italy’s Maremma region

“This looks like the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco” I exclaim, coming upon the incredible structure that rises from out of nowhere in the Maremma wilderness. This state-of-the-Art winery was designed twelve years ago by Mario Botta (who incidently also designed the SF museum) and is a curious balance of new and old. […]


Visiting Ca’ Marcanda in Tuscany

“My great-grandmother was famous for being a harsh negotiator,” Gaia Gaja tells me, telling a cute story about her great-grandmother and her marketplace shopping habits, which explains the name of the winery which means “endless negotiations” in Italian. Apparently, buying the land from a merchant family took many years and hence the name. Gaia is […]


Visiting Tenuta dell ‘Ornellaia

  Isn’t this art incredibly gorgeous? Who would have thought that it is located in a Tuscan winery, not a museum! It is part of a program created by Tenuta dell’Ornellaia in 2009 designed to celebrate the “marriage” between art and wine … one that celebrates the character of each new vintage of Ornellaia. The […]