1983 Chianti Rufina by Selvapiana, holy crap!

Posting in a hurry again this morning as we prepare to head up to Milan on our last day here in Italy. But I just had a share a taste of the 1983 Selvapiana Riserva poured for me at the winery’s stand yesterday at the fair. I must have tasted 60-70 wines yesterday… but I […]

Selvapiana, the gift of Sangiovese just keeps giving (and a photo of not so little Georgia)

It’s been incredible to see the heartfelt, poignant reaction to Quintarelli’s passing on Sunday. With the loss of Quintarelli and Gambelli, January has been a “cruel month” in Italian wine, as Italy’s top wine blogger Franco Ziliani put it. With uncertainty looming over Europe and an ever shifting wine industry, this passing of the old […]

A virtual dinner with one of my Italian wine heroes: Brian Larky, industry pioneer and apotheosis of all that’s great about the wine trade.

Please read “California Wildfires and the Wine Community – What You Need to Know,” Beck Hopkins’ post from last week. We are praying for all of our sisters and brothers in my home state. And here in Houston, we are all holding our breath as we wait for Hurricane Laura to develop. See updates on […]

Rufina as spoken by Federico Giuntini A. Masseti

The latest installment of the ongoing Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project. One of the greatest lacunae of the Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project has been the appellation name Rufina, pronounced ROO-fee-nah, with stress on the first syllable. It’s a tough one for non-Italophones in part because they are accustomed to the […]