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On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Report from : Visiting Dievole

19 Jun 2019

By the numbers …

A 600-hectare property with 100 hectares of planted vineyards and 26km of natural walking paths.  600,000 bottles are produced by Dievole – 1 million bottles produced Italy-wide..

Dievole tank room

Ownership …

Alejandro Bulgheroni – AB Family Vineyard – who owns 4 estates outside Italy: Napa, Australia and two in Bordeaux plus six spread out through the Italian regions of Chianti, Bolgheri and Montalcino.


Interesting Facts …

10 years ago they ripped out all their white varieties, but as of 2017 they re-started making white wine in the form of Trebbiano.

Their Gran Selezione is made from 40 year old vines located in the 8 hectare Sessina Vineyard.

The Wines … (click wine name for full review)

2016 Chianti Classico
2015 Novecento, Riserva Chianti Classico
2015 Vigna di Sessina, Gran Selezione



Report from : Banfi Tasting 2019 in Toronto

29 May 2019

(May 2019) ... Banfi is a family owned Italian winery that own 850 hectares (within the next three years those holding will rise to above 900, but still below 1000, for now). I have been to a number of Banfi tastings over the years and I Banfi Gavihave learned something new each and every time … this time it was about their bottling: If you see the coat of arms (or crest) on the bottle itself it means that  wine is made from all estate fruit, but that only applies to wines that has the name “Castello Banfi” on the label as well.

But today was all about the wines, as we tasted through eight: 1 white and 7 reds – of which 7 wines were scored with General Manager, Enrico Viglierchio, to guide us through.

(you can see the full reviews by clicking on the links below)

The line-up of wines scored are:

Banfi Best 32018 Principessa Gavia … (*** ½)
2017 Centine … (****)
2015 Cum Laude … (****)
2016 Poggio alle Mura Rosso … (****+)
2013 Brunello di Montalcino … (***+)
2012 Brunello Riserva, Poggio alle Mura … (**** ½)
2012 Brunello Riserva, Poggio all’Oro … (****+)





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