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This event is open for everyone at 5:00 but I would like the Italy attendees to arrive at 4:00 to talk about logistics of our trip before the tasting.

6 Wines and Light Appetizers for $15. Cash Appreciated!

Let's go Tuscan! I asked Didier to help me put together a Tuscan wine tasting in honor of the trips I have oganized later this year. He came through with a great event! For those going to Italy with me this year, I will be working with these distributors to set up wine tastings for us during our trip!

The distributors travel to Italy a few times a year, focusing on small producers of fabulous wines. Peter Woods from Mitchell Wines & Tom Kelley from Small Vineyards will present 6 wines from Tuscany. Tom personally knows all of the small vineyards presented!

This is an incredible opportunity to learn a lot about wines of the Tuscany area in Italy. An opportunity to taste a Brunello that is $48 per bottle and some other wines recommended by Peter Woods and Tom Kelley. Here are the wines:

Le Rote Estate

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2009 $15.00
Tasting Notes: Vernaccia di San Gimignano has the honor of being Italia’s first ever D.O.C. wine (1966), promoted in 1993 to D.O.C.G. This wine is a bright, exciting, floral delight with cleansing citrus and a lush body. Made by the Scotti family, this is the best Vernaccia we have come across in years. Why? These 35 year-old vines pack loads of Old World minerality into every sip.

Fattoria Bibbiani, Poggio Vignoso Chianti D.O.C.G.$15.00
Tasting Notes: Fattoria Bibbiani’s “wine of the people,” Poggio Vignoso as it is known at home, is a simple, delightful crowd pleaser. An exceptional, food-friendly wine that can be enjoyed with virtually anything. This wine is a remarkable value, it is surprisingly firm, and admirably balanced with intense dried cherries and floral notes. With such consistent quality, it is no surprise that this is one of our best sellers.

Perazzeta, Sara Rosso Toscano I.G.T. $12.00
Tasting Notes: Alessandro Bocci, owner and winemaker at Perazzeta, is, in our opinion, making some of the best everyday wines in all of Toscana right now. Located in the D.O.C. region of Montecucco, just south of Montalcino, his wines have tremendous power, tension, and assertive terroir. Bright, stinging cherry, crisp acidity, and tantalizing earth tones make this pretty, yet interesting wine hard to resist. The everyday wine of the estate, “Sara,” is named after Alessandro’s daughter, and is a tremendous follow-up to his wildly popular Rita, first released in 2005.

Perazzeta, Rita Sangiovese Riserva D.O.C. $20.00
Tasting Notes: From Alessandro Bocci, one of Toscana’s greatest makers of olive oil and our wildly popular Rita Sangiovese comes his estate’s reserve wine, Rita Riserva–a truly remarkable achievement. With grapes that echo the richness and complexity of Montalcino (he is just yards away), and the powerful innovation of the Maremma, Bocci has made, we believe, his finest wine yet. Destined to be allocated every year, this is a powerhouse that will please even the toughest critics.

Antonio Sanguineti, Nessun Dorma I.G.T. $18.00
Tasting Notes: “Nessun Dorma” is the favorite aria of “il Maestro” Antonio Sanguineti, and this wine is one of our favorite accessible, friendly blends. With vines carefully selected from all around Toscana, including Sangiovese from Capraia e Limite (Montalbano), Merlot from Gavorrano (Grosseto), and Syrah from Suvereto (Livorno), the Maestro has made a true “SuperTuscan.” The Merlot is intensely floral and elegant, while the Sangiovese is fresh and bright. The Syrah adds depth and body, offering a bold expression of forest-floor truffle, ripe cherry, and blackberry preserves.

Antonio Sanguineti, Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. $48.00
Tasting Notes: Antonio Sanguineti’s Brunello is a powerful, decadent expression of Marasca cherries, black tea, coffee, and pomegranate. The tannins are smooth, silky, and integrated; this wine will age for over 20 years. Nick-named “il Maestro” by his colleagues, Antonio is a master of creating the perfectly balanced wine. We believe he’s achieved it here again, as after 42 months in French oak it is amazingly approachable.

The wines will all be available for purchase but in limited quantities.

Flake Intolerant Event! Didier needs to pre-purchase the wine according to our rsvp's so please do not sign up unless you are certain you can attend.