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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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  • Ugni Blanc

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

  • Malvasia Bianca

  • Trebbiano

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

  • Vermentino

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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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  • Yeah - asparagus is really hard. You kind of want a white that has some herbal ... ... some sherries, Madeira, vin santo, etc., would be good companions. One of the world's best chocolatiers actually did a tasting a few years ago with Wine Spectator and they came to the same conclusion.As far as sparkling wines go - that's an interesting dire... Read More

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  • I'm going to go against what the previous two have recommended for the main ... ... and maybe some Italian Vin Santo or Marsala. Non-vintage ports and sherries will be your best bet budget-wise (although personally I'd go with a digestif like brandy, and a coffee), so here I'll go along with Greg. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Twist on surf and turf and...

  • Went to a new restaurant in our hometown, Montclair, NJ, where almost every ... bottle of a 1999 Avignonesi vin santo.  He told us that it was a leftover given to him from a wine wine tasting the prior evening.  WOW.  It was the most syrupy vin santo I'd ever had, oozing raisins and plums in a truly wonderful way.  What a present.  Here's a gu... Read More

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  • Then there're also marsala and vin santo and... Read More

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  • Selvapiana Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina 2004


    After dinner drink. Excellent. in London 2013 june at KBW dinner. Sweet carmel flavor Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Here's the official lineup'11 Bedrock Casa Santinamaria'10 Bedrock ... Zinfandel'00 I Veroni Vin Santo Del Chianti Rufina'10 L'Aventure Roussanne'76 Louis Martini California Zinfandel'10 Mazzocco Warm Springs Ranch Reserve Alexander Valley Zinfandel'69 Mirassou Late Harvest Zinfandel'77 Montevina Special Selection Amador County Zinfandel'05 PA... Read More

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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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  • Castellare di Castellina Vin Santo del Chianti S. Niccolò 2004


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    Wine review by Barberolo

  • Castellare di Castellina Vin Santo del Chianti S. Niccolò 2004


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    Wine review by Rene Nellemose

  • 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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