Archive for Chianti

a Chianti tasting tour

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2015 by xi'an

montefiorale3During our short trip to Tuscany last week, we came across a festival in the small fortified village of Montefioralle, frazione of the town of Greve in Chianti, at the centre of the Chianti region. Although the festival lasted for two days with all sorts of activities, we arrived on the evening, with the medieval groups folding their costumes and swords, and only a few bagpipe players remaining in the small street circling the village inside the first and protective row of houses.montefiorale2However, the twelve local wine producers who lined that street had not closed their stall and we were thus able to taste (if not to drink!, as I was driving…) their Chianti wines and discuss about their production and methods in English, French, and even survival Italian! Which was fun as the producers were not pushy at all (well, most of them!), but happy to extol the virtues of their wine.montefiorale4While I am not particularly fond of Chianti [among Italian wines], I appreciated a few of them during that wine tasting circuit, especially the three organic Podere Campriano, including one growing on a reclaimed forest with a highly vegetal taste.



Posted in pictures, Running, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2015 by xi'an


Toscana [#3]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2015 by xi'an


Da Siena

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by xi'an


Chianti Antinori

Posted in Wines with tags , on March 20, 2010 by xi'an

Courtesy of Roberto Casarin, a superb Chianti that we sampled last week. Although the high alcool degree is a drawback for me, the taste eventually wins and it gets more and more familiar along the meals (deserts, more precisely)…