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Greetings from the florentine Chianti!

Posted by tgiFLORENCE, Jul 20, 2010.

Hello all - my name's Eugene Martinez and I'm a licensed Art/History/Food/Wine guide for Florence and it's Province. I live near San Casciano Val di Pesa, which is on the northern edge of the florentine Chianti Classico region.

My good friend just introduced me to this site - very excied! I'm looking forward to learning lots about different types of wine and to getting to know the interesting people here!


Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 20, 2010.

welcome to snooth!

it's always nice to add different perspectives here in the forums... i'm not sure if there is anyone else from that part of Italy here...

Reply by dmcker, Jul 20, 2010.

Welcome, Eugene!

There have been several Snooth members from Toscana over the past year, but they don't seem to be currently active.

What can you tell us about the wines you're liking and drinking now? Both weekday and Sundays, both Tuscan and from anywhere else?

Reply by dmcker, Jul 20, 2010.

BTW, this event looks like it's something I'd want to pop in on if in your neck of the woods....

Reply by tgiFLORENCE, Jul 21, 2010.

Thanks Steve and dmcker, for the great welcome!

What am I drinking weekdays, Sundays and all the days in between? It's summer and it's steamy hot, so we prefer something white and refreshing. Our everyday white is a vermentino from Maremma that we buy "loose" from Prince Corsini's Fattoria Le Corti, which is just up the road from where I live. I believe that the wine is 'Birillo Bianco', produced on their estate, Tenuta Marsiliana - near Capalbio on the mediterranean coast - but since we buy it loose (meaning, we show up with a big old jug and fill 'er up), it doesn't come with either a bottle or a label! It's a nice, fresh, crisp white - perfect to accompany this heat wave.

When it's not white, it's red. And seeing that we are in Chianti, it's Chianti Classico - rigorously from Fattoria Montagliari, in Panzano. Montagliari produces isn't  a big producer. Their 2006 Chianti Classico is, to my taste, very good, very balanced. Their 2001 and 2003 riserva is, to me, one of the best around - smooth, with just the right amount of wood. And their 1997 100% sangiovese Brunesco, produced in very small batches and not every year using the traditional "governo toscano" methods, is one of those wines that can send one into ecstasy - especially combined with dark unsweetened chocolate.

Otherwise, being a lover and great fan of the South, the occasional greco di tufo and lacrima cristi finds its way to the table.

By the way, I'd have loved to get to Villa Bardini for that event, but schedule just wouldn't allow.

Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 21, 2010.

lately i've been enjoying a something from a bit further south from where you are.. vini dei feuidi san gregorio falanghina... we may not have "summer" temperatures here in san francisco (they fit my taste in weather perfectly), but when i'm sipping on this falanghina, it brings me to a warm summer day.... somewhere...  : )

my girlfriends cousin is importing a vodka made in neighboring umbria... 100% grain.... and it's quite good... gold medal winner in the San Fancisco World's Spirits Competition for '09 and '10.... i usually keep it stocked in my bar at home...

Reply by dirkwdeyoung, Jul 21, 2010.

Welcome to Snooth, sounds like a dream situation and nice suggestions!  If I ever get to that area, I am heading directly to your table. cheers, Dirk

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