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    Wining Hour Feature: Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015

    Ciao Tutti! Welcome back to The Wining Hour! Beginning this year, each month I will be featuring an Italian wine that I sipped and enjoyed during The Wining Hour. The featured wine will be made from Italian indigenous grapes, and it could be a white, rose, red or sparkling…o una bianco, rosato, rosso o bollicine.  This month’s feature is an Italian red: Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello di Montalcino. Castiglion del Bosco, with history dating back to 1100 A.D., is located in Tuscany, in the heart and home of Brunello, in the UNESCO designated Val d’Orcia.  Their Capanna vineyards are located at 450 meters above sea level. Today, the winery…

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    Have You Tried These Super Tuscans?

    Super Tuscans to Tempt Your Palate Italy is the worlds largest producer of wine, wowing wine-lover, wine-taster and wine expert alike with its over 500 grape varieties. There are also many different styles of wine being produced. This month, the #ItalianFWT group discussed the style known as the Super Tuscan. About the Super Tuscan It’s no secret, Tuscan wine, or wine from the Tuscan region of Italy, is quite super. However, the term, Super Tuscan, came into circulation in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, during the Italian wine renaissance. Super Tuscan refers to a particular style of wine. These wines were innovative, as they used non-traditional blending formulas and…

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    50 Harvests at Montefioralle Winery, and only the Tuscan Sky is the Limit

    Montefioralle: All about Family, Authenticity and Endurance A celebration is definitely in order for Montefioralle Winery, as 50 wine harvests or la vendemmia Cinqantesimo is a pretty big deal. Azienda Agricola Montefioralle is a small winery located in the picturesque, medieval hill-top village of the same name, Montefioralle, which is in the commune of Greve in Chianti, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. When one dreams about Tuscany and/or a winery in Tuscany, Montefioralle is the epitome. Although they have only 5 hectares (2 acres) of vineyard, making it one of the smallest wineries in Chianti Classico, Montefioralle has been doing big things…for 50 years! Olive trees…

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    Authenticity and Passion-Facets of Fattoria Fibbiano

    Quality Wine-making in Terricciola, the City of Wine Photo Credit: Fattoria Fibbiano The ancient Etruscan hillside village of Terricciola is in Italy’s Tuscan region, in the Province of Pisa, about 50 kilometers from Florence, in between Pisa and Volterra. The name Terricciola may be derived from the Latin word ‘terra’ (earth) or ‘turris’(tower), referring to the towers built in the 12th century to defend the village.  Although having a small population of approximately 5000 people, Terricciola is known for its agriculture, art, architecture…and wine.  In fact, it is known as the “City of Wine’ due to its conducive terroir.  The Notte Bianco del Vino is celebrated in July, and in September, Terricciola…

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    Chianti Superiore: A Wine with Many Faces

    Chianti-Taste one, taste all? This month, the #ItalianFWT group decided to have a Chianti Extravaganza to further explore and celebrate….Chianti, of course!  We all know Chianti as the heart of Tuscany and the renowned wine region. However, there is much more to learn about this intricate wine region. The Chianti territory is vast and its boundaries are from Florence in the north to Siena in the south region and include Pisa in the west and Arezzo in the east.  To help manage the large area and to allow winemakers to attach wines they produce to their territory, sub-zone were established.  When referring to the vino, which is a red wine…

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