The founding wine-maker at Chateau Julien in Carmel Valley, California, William Anderson, and his wife Carolyn made it to Club Salviatino this spring for a week of studying the creation of Super Tuscan wines, and sharing their own vintages of the components for them with journalists and guests.
It was clear and cool this spring in Florence when William and Carolyn Anderson spent a spectacular week as guests of Club Salviatino at villa il Salviatino. Bill presented his superb wines to a group of guests from Great Britain and Italy, and featured his 100% Sangiovese, 100% Merlot, and 100% Cabernet grown in the micro-climates of Monterey County California. These are the precise components of many Super Tuscan wines, and Bill had prepared gifts of a blend from California to taste in comparison with local, Italian Super Tuscans. The tasting on the terrace of il Salviatino overlooking the Duomo was a terrific event as the sun set casting everything in golden hues as only the Arno valley permits.
Bill and Carolyn took a bicycle tour of Florence, claiming that it was the only way to go. They also visited Albergaccio del Machiavelli for a wonderful lunch in front of the fireplace.
In fact, I was first introduced to the wonders of fettunta at Machiavelli’s in 1969 by a couple of Italian friends of mine, Marcello Macherelli and Marcello Mascagni. We were frequent visitors back in those days enjoying the wine, panzanella, and grilled sausages:
The last day of the Andersons’ stay saw royal treatment from the proprietors of Tenuta La Gigliola, maker of the finest and rarest vin santo I have ever tasted. That visit inspired Bill to consider trying his hand at a vin santo in California. The cross-pollination of ideas resulting from Club Salviatino events never ceases to amaze me. We were given a complete tour of the vineyards and property of La Gigliola.
Bill and Carolyn handled some of the exquisite merchandise.
We were all treated to an incomparable mid-day meal outside, in front of a fire-place with the most amiable company we could have hoped to find. From this estate we could see the towers of San Gimignano on the distant horizon. The whole day was spectacular. We are grateful to the owners, Anna Piazzini and Paolo Martinelli, for their generous hospitality.
What strikes me most profoundly about our Club Salviatino events is that they have managed to ignite some of the most intense feelings among participants that I have ever been privileged to witness. Bill and Carolyn sent me an email of appreciation with the Subject: “Italy dreams never end.” There is that recurring theme: il Salviatino is undoubtedly one of the most powerful dream-machines in Italy. Its luxury, its elegance, its validation of the finest in the world make it a very special place.