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Tuscany, Italy

Everyone wants to go to Tuscany, Italy. It is home to the greatest Italian wines, great food and majestic cities. Great cities like Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Cortona and Montepulciano are located here. The road system is a good one with Italy’s main Autostrada, the A1, cutting through its center. The A1 can take you out of Tuscany north to Milan or south to Rome and Naples.

A drive along the A1 reveals hill-top cities everywhere. I just want to exit the highway and find my way up to a new small city on a hill-top. Come walk with us through some of Tuscany’s major cities and some fun ones. What ever your plans  are: wine, food, old cities, museums, architecture or sheer beauty, it can be found here.

Click on the YouTube link below to visit Tuscany and some of its cities …

– George

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Tuscany Wine Tasting

OK you know we love wine. George has enjoyed and collected the great French first growths and has sampled local wines all over Europe. Wine is a living thing and like our children, we never know how they will turn out. All you can do is raise them properly and give them love. Most of the time the wines turns our great but every once in a while you get a bad bottle. In Italy I find the local non bottled wines are very good. We have enjoyed many a meal with a half or full liter of wine. Italy also makes some great wines. Tuscany is most well-known in America for wines like Chianti, Barolo and Brunello. Brunello may be Italy’s best wine. It is expensive here but it is one of the great wines of the world.

The famous wines come from regions in Tuscany with one city at the center:

  1. Chianti – This area is not a town but a wine growing region. It is near Sienna and San Gimignano.
  2. Montalcino – This is a city famous for Italy’s great Brunello wine. It is located about one hour south of Siena. It is a mountain town that is fun to visit. Brunei flows here like water.
  3. Montepulciano – This mountain town is known for the great Montepulciano wines. It is located about one hour south-east of Siena and about one hour East of Montalcino.

Wine tours in Tuscany lists 26 one day tours you can take. Wine is a staple of life in Europe. Children taste it and adults drink it at most meals. Enjoy your food with wine. Sip it and watch the locals go by. Life is slower in Italy. It’s about people, food, wine and of course love and romance.  My only rule in Italy is to taste the local unbolted wines where ever I am. If I am in Tuscany I taste the Tuscan great wines. A great place to taste various local wines is in a local Enoteca. These are small wine tasting places that may have small plates of food as well. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

Categories: Chianti, Driving in Italy, Enoteca, Europe, General Travel, Italy, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Mountain Towns, Romance, San Gimignano, Siena, Small Towns, Tuscany, Wine | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Italian Wine

Yesterday we spoke about White Truffles. What goes great with truffles? Wine of course. Italy has many wine regions. In fact the whole country is divided into wine regions. Everyone drinks and enjoys wine in Italy. Wine Folly lists these regions and the wines that come from each.

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Everyone has heard of Chianti but Italy produces other great wines. The Brunello is one of the great wines from Italy. It can be expensive but is among the best wines in the world.

Here are some of the wines and regions (see map above) with wines you might have tried:

  1. Valpolicella from Veneto
  2. Super Tuscan, Chianti, Barolo, Brunello and Sangiovese from Tuscany
  3. Orvieto from Umbria
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon from Abruzzo
  5. Chardonnay from Puglia

Chianti is by far the most popular Italian wine. If you choose a Chianti, look for one with a Black Cock on the neck of the bottle. This is the sign of the best Chianti in Italy. Producers  have to follow strict standards to be able to display the black cock.

Have a fun wine tasting party. Select 2 or 3 wines from a region. Cover each bottle and label it A, B, C etc. Have your guests taste each and vote on their favorite. This is a great way to taste related wines blindly and see what you enjoy.

George & Jo Anne

 

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San Gimignano, Italy

Many towns, such as San Gimignano, were enclos...

Many towns, such as San Gimignano, were enclosed with walls, causing crowding and the building of tower houses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favorite city in the world is San Gimignano, Italy. It is a medieval walled town in Tuscany not to be missed. When I first saw this town it was 1985 and there were very few tourists. Today the tour busses line up outside the wall. Even with all the tourists it’s a great town. Get off the main streets, where the tourists exist, and see the back streets of San Gimignano. On one wall there is an Alfresco Restaurant with dinning on the wall overlooking Tuscany and Chianti country. This city is near Florence and not far from Pisa. There are wineries outside the city that are great. They are peoples homes with tastings in the kitchens. Yes Gucci has arrived in this town but it still offers an unspoiled look at early Italian life. Have lunch in the piazza or better yet spend a night and walk the main streets after the tourists have climbed aboard their buses and left.

 

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