"My Christmas present for all of you, a wonderful story about my favorite winemaker and her wines"
I was born and raised in Sicily, in a town near Palermo, Tuscany then adopted me. My passion for wine was born when I was a child, when my father asked me to taste the new wine. I did not understand, I was too young, but I remember the great amazement when I realized that every year was different and my father told me "it is nature that decides, if you respect you with great results" , together with me grew up the curiosity to discover what was happening in that glass not like now, but with clearer ideas, I can say "we must have respect", only in this way can we really make the difference. My wines I do not want them to be designed or projected, the character of a child can not be thought of and designed, but is accompanied along the path of life and is what I do with my wines, accompany them along their path.
Today I am a consultant of more than 10 companies, each of which manages to get excited with their personality and their characteristics, every year is a new pleasant surprise and every year is always the beginning of a new path.
Classical music is part of my life, I love the strong emotions that manages to give note after note, it is my adventure companion.
MANRICO - IGT Toscana Syrah, Syrah 100%
ARIO - Toscana Vermentino, Vermentino 100%
Sicilia - DONNAFUGATA
Someone who identifies a lot in his wines, is a woman winemaker, but also believes in art and wine, with profound thoughts and feminist activism, to make a perfect wine. José Rallo, responsible for the management control and communication guide, a woman-entrepreneur able to get involved by presenting her wines also as a singer. Receives the Bellisario 2002 Prize for his contribution to the enhancement of female entrepreneurship. The name Donnafugata refers to the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa the Gattopardo. A name that means "woman on the run" and refers to the story of a queen who found refuge in that part of Sicily where the company vineyards are located today. An event that inspired the company logo: the image of the head of a woman with her hair in the wind that stands out on every bottle.
Mille e Una Notte - Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Syrah e altre uve
The palace shown on the label is the one where Queen Maria Carolina fled from Naples and was the favorite home of the writer Tomasi di Lampedusa in Santa Margherita Belice. Gabriella Anca Rallo - founder of Donnafugata together with her husband Giacomo - captures the image and embeds it in a sky of "A Thousand and One Nights" full of stars and full of promises. The strong and passionate character has inspired the mâitre chocolatier Ernst Knam in the creation of the "Mille e una Notte and peperoncino" pralines.
Piedmont Langhe - GAJA
In 1994, the Gaja family acquired the Pieve Santa Restituta vineyard in Montalcino and in 1996 a second plot in Bolgheri, Tuscany, where they founded the Ca'Marcanda winery. Viticulture is a family tradition through which the dreams and plans of one generation come true and come alive and perfect for the generations to come. Angelo Gaja, his wife Lucia and his daughters Gaia and Rossana, who have been managing the winery since 2004 and 2009, respectively, now belong to the fifth generation.
Gaia & Rey
Is the first Chardonnay planted in Piedmont, as well as Italy's first barrique-aged white wine. He is dedicated to Gaia - Angelo's firstborn daughter - and to grandmother Clotilde Rey.
TRENTO - LAGREIN
I have the honor to present to you Mme. Walch from northern Italy. « Alto Adige » is an autonomous region of Trentino-Alto also called South Tyrol. 25 years ago it was hard to believe that there would be a women representing important vineyards, she told us. The shortage of women in the practice of wine making was not a reason to keep her from her dreams, on the contrary, it fueled her passion to continue working. She is also an architect and loves hiking. Now she feels completely satisfied with her accomplishments and we can clearly appreciate her happiness through her wines. This time I tasted :
Lagrein Riserva "Vigna Castel Rinberg" 2012
Varieties of vines: 100% Orpicchio
Production method: The grapes are harvested by hand and the stalks are gently removed and then cooled to 8-10 ° C, leaving the juice in contact with the skins for 4 hours, followed by a soft pressing and cleaning of the must that is fermented in oak barrels, half and half in steel at a temperature of 16 ° C .
Colour: light straw yellow
Aroma: the nose is fruity, delicate, with sweet notes of peach, citrus and white flowers
Flavour: delicate, fresh, with acidity and savory salt which makes it very typical.
Serving Temperature: 10-12°C
Pairing: excellent with shellfish, raw seafood, raw vegetables, fresh cheeses and delicate white meat .
Vintage on sale: 2015
Lady F | Orpicchio
deep ruby with garnet reflections.
aromas of cherries and berries, dried fruit such as figs and raisins.
the flavor is rich, savory, warm and powerful tannins, well contrasted by the notes of alcohol. It has a long aftertaste and extremely pleasant.
Food Pairing: Ravioli of sliced veal shank and its sauce (cremolada).
Wine & Art: Ernest Miller Hemingway
Some fine tagliatelle al ragù accompany 100% Sangiovese of the all-female farm of the Giovanna Madonia farm. Mrs. Giovanna and her four daughters carry on the tradition of the land of Romagna and the production of their wine. Her husband, Giorgio Poppi, is obviously the artistic inspiration to combine with this fantastic wine.