Sports for Wine Geeks – The Tuscan Barrel Runners of the “Bravio delle Botti”

So you’re driving down a narrow road through the hills of Tuscany in quest of the next pizzeria, maybe expecting a truck or a bike shooting out at the next turn and suddenly this appears in front of you! 4 runners spinning a barrel and pushing it up the hill.
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I thought this must be some kind of  joke at first, like in the jackass series, but as the 4 poor, exhausted creatures looked at us with rather not so amused faces, I understood this must be a serious thing.
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2006 Rosso di Montalcino, Querce Bettina, Tuscany


I heard a lot of things about 2006 being such a good vintage for Montalcino wines. The tone being that even some of the more basic Rosso di Montalcino wines can be considered top notch, rivaling Brunellos from weaker vintages.

Well, I was curious about that statement and bought this recommended 2006 Querce Bettina Rosso di Montalcino hoping it will blow me away for little money (12,90 Eur). I don’t know the winery at all and I am really not a big connoisseur of Italian wines in general, so it’s hard for me to put things into perspective, ie have an opinion about a particular Italian vintage, and even less compared to another vintage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuscany Blind Tasting

Finally a real blind tasting again. The last times we’ve been quite lax with our club’s rules I have to admit ;), but this evening all bottles were covered and then randomly numbered (and eventually re-mixed another time) so no bias was possible in our judgments. For this sum-up I kept the order of the tasting of course, just in case you wonder why vintages are so mixed up here. The theme was Tuscany, which includes of course the vast Chianti region, but also other famous appellation like Brunello di Montalcino for example. Generally the wines are made with the Sangiovese grape, but are most frequently combined in Cuvées with other varietals. Ok this should be enough theory! We were thirsty!

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2004 Villa Antinori, Toskana


Die Familie Antinori ist seit über 600 Jahren im Weingeschäft und heute eine unumgängliche Größe in Italien. Der toskanische Villa Antinori ist daher auch nur einer von vielen Weinen im Angebot der Winzer-Dynastie.
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Es handelt sich um einen Verschnitt von Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot und Syrah, der nach der Vergärung ein Jahr in französischer Eiche schlummert.
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VN Ballando 2003, Valdifalco/südl. Toskana (Tenute Loacker)

Ein Rotwein aus dem Hause Loacker (produziert Weine in der Toskana und im Alto Adige). Eine Cuvée aus Cabernet Franc, Merlot und Sangiovese, alle aus ökologischem Anbau. Read the rest of this entry »

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