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27
Jul

Il Giardino del buon vino.

In the context of the Estate Fiorentina 2012 (Summer Florence 2012) arises a wonderful project which tries to make the best of pleasures like outdoor activities under good weather and wining and dining. The result: the Giardino del Buon Vino or, what is the same, the Garden of Good Wine. A scenario willing to deepen and divulge the culture of the wine activity, projecting it as the result of human wit and of our capacity of interacting with the environment and its natural resources.

A welcoming place where one can attend photographic exhibitions focused on the techniques used in the wine production, on its history and that of the main Tuscan wine enterprises.  To enrich the experience, one will have the opportunity to attend weekly encounters with winemakers that will happily illustrate the characteristics of their wine, the peculiarities of their production area and the cultivation techniques.

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However, not everything starts and ends up only with wine. Suggestive Piazza Demidoff will host many other different small events such as concerts, shows, editorial presentations and poetry reading, etc. An excellent opportunity to enjoy wining along with many other activities in a superb natural environment that, combined with a stay at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, will make your summer days in Tuscany unique and worth remembering.

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20
Jul

Wednesdays with the Nobile Wine of Montepulciano.

Wining has turned out to be one of Tuscany’s most attractive activities together with art and culture. With the upcoming good weather, the possibilities to enjoy the pleasure of wine tasting in Tuscany expand and we are faced with the perfect plan. For this reason, Tuscany lovers who are also wine lovers, Wednesday is your lucky day. And why is that? Well, because charming Tuscan town Montepulciano has organized an attractive weekly experience by the hand of its most famous local product: the Nobile Wine of Montepulciano.

Every Wednesday up to the end of July, in the prestigious cornice of the Enoteca del Consorzio del Vino Nobile, all wine lovers will have the opportunity to discover history, productive philosophy and characteristics of Montepulciano’s wine. The ideal moment for an encounter between producers and consumers. For next Wednesday 25th of July: wine tastings of Nobile di Montepulciano by MonteMercurio and Tanagatta together with ribollita and extra virgin olive oil. Absolutely tempting!

View of Montepulciano.

View of Montepulciano.

The wining and dining experience in a unique scenario: a medieval and Renaissance hill town at 605m in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. Famous for its 14th century city  walls, its 1.5km main street, its beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta or its elegant Palazzo Comunale based on Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio.  These are only a few of the things that hide behind  Wednesdays with the Nobile of Montepulciano: one of the best wines of Italy, local delicacies, medieval beauty and exceptional company.

A great Wednesday that could be magically fulfilled by a matchless stay at Il Salviatino, the best 5 star hotel in Florence. Are you ready?

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1
Jun

The scents of Lamole.

It is time to give a break to museum visits and trips and reserve some of our time to  worship those little pleasures that make life great: winning and dining. And what a better place than a small village in the outskirts of Florence? This is the scenario that I Profumi di Lamole (The Scents of Lamole) will be offering this weekend, from the 1st to the 3rd of June in a tiny village in Greve in Chianti. The 11th edition of this event proves Lamole as the capital of good drinking.

An annual event  willing to promote Lamole’s unusual and special vineyards situated at higher altitudes: up to 600 metres above sea level. The extraordinary and delightful fragrances of such wine can be enjoyed in the piazza at Lamole with an opening ceremony today at 5 P.M. awarding an outstanding native, which this year goes to Ernesto Gentili.

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Whatsoever, the main character will always be the same one: Lamole’s wine. And in order to honour il Gallo Nero wine, a traditional rite will inaugurate the event: the IX wine ceremony. A rite symbolising the sacred union of Lamole’s wines that are poured in a big bowl all at once. The resulting nectar is bottled but only for it’s symbolic value. Together with the significance of a team work there is the added value of it’s sticker, designed and renewed year after year. Surely, a bottle perfect for collectors.

However, wine will not be the only tasting encounter. Apetite will naturally arise and, in consequence, one will be able to sample local delicacies and Lamole’s naturally organic, fruity, aroma-rich olive oil. An unforgettable weekend surrounded by nature, wine and local tradition which could be perfected with a stay in the best luxury hotel in Florence: Il Salviatino.

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20
May

Tuscan Super Tuscan vs California Super Tuscan

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.

William and Carolyn Anderson this spring at Piazzale Michelangelo

William and Carolyn Anderson this spring at Piazzale Michelangelo

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.

Sunset over Florence from the terrace of Il Salviatino

Sunset over Florence from the terrace of Il Salviatino

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.

The old fireplace in Machiavelli's restaurant

The old fireplace in Machiavelli’s restaurant

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:

We always enjoyed Machiavelli's with the two Marcellos

We always enjoyed Machiavelli’s with the two Marcellos

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.

We had a great inspection of the terroir

We had a great inspection of the terroir

Bill and Carolyn handled some of the exquisite merchandise.

La Gigliola has an impressive selection of excellent Chianti wines

La Gigliola has an impressive selection of excellent Chianti wines

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.

The food and setting were unforgettable

The food and setting were unforgettable

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.

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