The Tuscan Story of Syrah

June 11, 2014 -

Syrah is not unique to Tuscany. But it is also not unique to the Rhone, Spain, California or Australia. Some believe that local producers introduced Syrah to Tuscany during the 1970s “Super Tuscan” movement to plant Bordelais and Rhone varietals throughout the region. But many Italians claim Syrah as an Italian varietal. It is quite […]


Barbera, Perfectly Oaked

June 10, 2014 -

Barbera is a well-known grape planted in Piemonte. It has been known for centuries for producing wines of great acidity and low tannin. The fact that Barbera has such naturally low tannin and high acidity makes it perform very well in oak. As opposed to some red wines which get too “oaky,” tannic, and even […]


What’s a Super Tuscan?

June 04, 2014 -

The name “Super Tuscan” comes from rebellion. In the 1970s and early 1980s, a group of producers in a small region known as Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast learned that Bordelaise and Rhone varietals grow very well in Tuscany, and even create distinct character from the area. The DOC and DOCG regulations at the time […]


Garnacha: A Brief History

June 03, 2014 -

The grape Garnacha is synonymous with Grenache. Though it eventually became more popular in France—particularly in the Rhone—Garnacha originated in Spain. It is thought that the grape was spread up through the Languedoc/Roussillon and eventually into the Rhone when the kingdom of Aragon was at its height and controlled much of the Mediterranean. Garnacha originates […]


Sustainable Terroir in Cortona

May 30, 2014 -

Terroir is a French term which describes the effect of place on a wine. The idea of terroir is at the core of all appellation systems in Europe. Perhaps one of the most interesting differences between the terroir of a place like Cortona versus many of the new world wine growing regions is the centuries of agricultural heritage and the […]