Category Archives: Chianti

Market Day

If I’m going anywhere near Siena, I always try to be there Wednesday morning, when vendors set up their stalls around the Fortezza Lizza on the edge of the historic centre.  Outside of Florence, this is the biggest mercato settimanale … Continue reading

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Towers and Tourists

As I wrote in last week’s post, mention San Gimignano in nearby Volterra and you’re likely to get an earful.  Don’t go there!  Too touristy!  Too crowded!  Too full of itself!  And on and on.  I don’t know about the ‘too … Continue reading

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Vultures and Rock-Hard Fruit

If you’re new to this blog you’ll have been spared all my ranting about the terrible spring of 2013, so you may find it hard to understand why I was so excited when I woke up one Sunday morning and … Continue reading

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The Queen of Flowers

Although it has been famously proclaimed that “a rose is a rose is a rose”, things are a bit more complicated when it comes to the Italian rosa. There is the rosa dei venti.   This rosa is a lot less common … Continue reading

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Abbey of the Good Harvest and Villa of the Vines of May

The two Chianti wineries with the most beautiful gardens also have the most enchanting names – Badia di Coltibuono (Abbey of the Good Harvest) and Villa Vignamaggio (Villa of the Vines of May.) Coltibuono started off as a Benedictine Abbey and … Continue reading

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Chianti Castles

Today is a real treat for the driver.  The two wineries we’re going to visit are less than 10 kilometres from Gaiole-in-Chianti.  Round trip. There were two things that drew me to Castello di Meleto – the walled medieval garden and the … Continue reading

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Oenological Firsts and Other Wine Lore

It seems that Noah was the first to endure the unpleasant after-effects of too much wine. As told in Genesis 9, 20-21, after the flood, “Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard.”  Then, he got a … Continue reading

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