Vin Santo Wine

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Vin Santo, the name meaning literally “Saint Wine,” is a sweet wine produced all over Italy, but the most prestige goes to those made in Tuscany. This a style that dates back to the Middle Ages and there are several theories on the origin of its name. It could have originally been produced to celebrate All Saints Day, or that it was traditionally bottled the week of Easter. It might have been a misheard declaration by a Greek Orthodox priest who said it tastes as though sent direct from the god Xanthos. It might just be a nod to the fact that it has a long association with the church and has often been used for mass. Within the area of Tuscany, it has many other titles specific to its grapes and process: Vin Santo del Chianti (including Classico, Colli Fiorentini and Rufina), Montalcino (including Sant’Antimo), Carmignano, San Gimignano, Montepulciano and Bianco Dell’Empolese. 

The wine is most often a blend of the white grapes Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia and sometimes Read more »

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  • Malvasia Bianca

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

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  •  Wow, we had a great time last night. Hopefully Foxall will have a chance ... ... The Sauternes and Vin Santo came out later when I started raiding my cellar so don't give a hard time about them OK. ;)&nbs Read More

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  • Most of the time, I choose to drink my dessert - that is, I'll have a glass ... even nutty (a 2003 Felsina Vin Santo from Chianti Classico). The beauty of it all is that pairing is subjective - the only pairing they all felt was delicious was a 2011 Sant'Evasio Moscato d'Asti with a slice of white cake and white icing. Who says Champagne is a m... Read More

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  • Campobello Trebbiano-Malvasia Blend Il Santo 2005

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Isole E Olena Vin Santo 2001

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    Wine review by cmattera


  • Villa Pillo Vin Santo 1997

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • I was invited to a tasting meant for restaurant managers, somms, etc., to ... ... to ... 2006Pavi Due Sorelle Vin Santo 2003Pavi Pinot Grigio 2008Gimenez Riili Torrontes 2009Gimenez Riili Malbec 2008Gimenez Riili Malbec Riserva 2008Fisticuffs Cab 2007Freeman RRV Pinot Noir 2007Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007Freeman Akiko's Cuvee Pinot No... Read More

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  • Fattoria di Bibbiani White Blend Vin Santo 2008

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    Easy drinking Chianti, well worth $10 range. Would definitely buy again. Read More

    Wine review by rmcunningham


  • I hope you can shed a little wisdom on some wines that have been given to me. ... ... a little amber and had a vin santo taste to it not bad but maybe it is on the downside now. Can you give me any info on either of these wines? Thank Read More

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  • Fattoria di Bibbiani White Blend Vin Santo 2008

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    Nose of spice, black fruits, dried plumb, and red berries. This wine would have been nice, but this bottle was slightly fizzy. Read More

    Wine review by edub


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