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Italian Wine Highlights

April 7, 2009

Here is a link to some great Italian wines to seek out. They might be a treasure hunt to find some, I suspect the journey will find some other delights along the way.

Every sip you take: Singer Sting is selling wine

March 13, 2009

This was part of today’s wine news. Naturally, Sting is most welcome to share more with Italian Food and Wine

ROME (AP) – After singing of “Fields of Gold,” British rock star Sting is tending fields of grapes as he prepares to market red wine made at his country estate in Tuscany.

Some 30,000 bottles of wine produced on the property will go on sale in September, mainly in Britain and the United States, Paolo Rossi, the estate’s manager, said Thursday.

In 1997 the former Police frontman purchased a 16th-century villa, called Il Palagio, in Figline Valdarno, a small village some 19 miles (30 kilometers) south of Florence.

Over the years he has turned the surrounding 860 acres (350 hectares) into an organic farm that also produces honey, olive oil, fruit, vegetables and Tuscan salami.

“When I came here to Figline I wanted first of all to feed my family,” Sting said on Tuesday during an event at the village where the 57-year-old star spoke of the time he spends at Il Palagio.

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Trip Report From Vines and Villas

March 11, 2009
Crostini toscani served at an osteria in Florence.
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Here is a quote from Bill at Vines and Villas on a recent tour in Tuscany…

“October is the loveliest time to be in Tuscany, I’m salivating already!

I’m not usually drawn to tours but this tour has a soul to it. This is not your run of the mill greatest hits of Tuscany line up:

I lived in Florence for years before discovering little gems like Castellina in Tuscany. I promise you that you will never approach food the same way again after actually taking a cooking class in Italy.

Bring home a wheel of pecorino and some packets of dried porcini mushrooms. Buon appetito!”


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Vignai da Duline

March 9, 2009

Here is a great wine story from David Weitzenhoffer who imports artisan Italian wines.

Vignai da Duline is a husband and wife team producing incredibly small quantities of wine from old vines. When I say small quantities most people don’t realize how small: 400 cases of pinot grigio, 250 of Tocai, 150 of Refosco, 200 cases of chardonnay, etc…. Many producers, certainly distributors, and even some consumers would ask “why bother?”  ………

To read the full story and watch a short video follow this link.

To find the wines in the USA please contact David directly.

Italian Food and WineTV

August 26, 2008

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