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Wine of the Week: Castello Volpaia Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon Maremma Tuscany Italy

Wine of the Week: Castello Volpaia Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon Maremma Tuscany Italy

Dwight Casimere | 7/22/2020, 11:49 a.m. Tucked away in the south of Italy's famed Tuscany is one of its true treasures, the Maremma wine region. Far less well known than its famous neighbor, Chianti Classico, Maremma only gets a fraction of the notoriety. Yet, it is no less important. For those in the know, Maremma is for serious wine lovers. Those who gain access to the scant number of tasting rooms and cellars that are open to the public are doubly blessed, for they not only have an opportunity to drink in the rustic beauty of the land, but to...
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7/29/20
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How Much Italian Wine Should You Drink to Make Your Canceled Italy Trip Hurt Less?

How Much Italian Wine Should You Drink to Make Your Canceled Italy Trip Hurt Less?

by Kristin Tice Studeman Can drinking a delicious glass of Tuscan wine soothe the sting of a canceled trip to Florence? Here’s one way to find out. Kristin Tice Studeman, writer, wine enthusiast, and founder of The Rosé Project, shares a few of her favorite bottles from the beloved Italian region. YOUR HOUSE - Open up a good bottle of wine from Tuscany and you can quite literally taste the picturesque, rolling hillsides and coastal breeze from the comforts of your own home. We so easily forget that good wine can be wonderfully transporting — each bottle tells a story about the place it...
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04/07/20
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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018, #3 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 – 96 Points

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018, #3 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 – 96 Points

  We're excited to announce that Castello di Volpaia's Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 (96 points) has been selected as #3 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2018! Click here to head over to winespectator.com to read the full article and watch the featured video! "The Stianti Mascheroni family has worked in the tiny hilltop town of Volpaia since 1966, but they and winemaker Lorenzo Regoli have reached new heights with the 2015 Riserva. Their highest-scoring wine to date, it’s a balanced, complex red with a long, gorgeous finish. The grapes, sourced from eight different parcels, are farmed organically in...
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Wine Spectator, November 15, 2018
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From Vegans to Carnivores, These Wines Will Please Everyone This Season

From Vegans to Carnivores, These Wines Will Please Everyone This Season

"It's that time of year again -- staring down the shelves at your local wine merchant, thinking that perhaps you'd like to spend a little more than usual, or at least break out of your wine rut. But what to buy? My advice is always to find a shop or a clerk with a palate that matches yours, and trust them. But if you haven't done that yet, here are some picks sure to please. "For Italian wine lovers: Castello di Volpaia, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG "Coltassala" - 2013 Volpaia is among the highest situated vineyards in Tuscany’s Chianti region....
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Jeanne O'Brien Coffey, December 22, 2017
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THE WINES OF CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA

THE WINES OF CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA

"By any measure, Volpaia is a company town. It’s just happens to be a company town in Chianti Classico, and the company — Castello di Volpaia — happens to make some of Italy’s best wines. "Oh, and Volpaia is tiny — roughly 30 ancient stone buildings crowning a hill, surrounded by vines and olive orchards. The lifeblood of the town is wine, olive oil, vinegar and the tourism that follows. "I haven’t been there yet. But last spring, at a trade event here in Denver, Federica Mascheroni Stianti took me there with her effortless prose. The daughter of Castello di Volpaia’s...
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Kevin Day, September 13, 2017
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20 Wines Under $20: Reds for Winter Moods and Foods

20 Wines Under $20: Reds for Winter Moods and Foods

"I’m not one to adhere rigidly to the idea of drinking seasonally: reds when it’s cold, whites and rosés when the weather heats up. This is textbook nonsense that makes it seem as if temperature is the only consideration in choosing a wine. "But this is winter, a time to hunker down. For many, that means seeking pleasure in long, slow cooking. "In Manhattan, where I live, the idea of a hearth may be fanciful, but the warmth of the oven or stove, with a bubbling pot of beans or a simmering stew, serves the crucial figurative function. "The sorts of deep, soulful flavors that...
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Eric Asimov, January 12, 2017
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High Altitude Chianti: Federica Mascheroni Stiani of Castello di Volpaia

High Altitude Chianti: Federica Mascheroni Stiani of Castello di Volpaia

“Castello di Volpaia produces Chianti Classico of great elegance. This is due in part to the extremely high elevation of the vineyards as well as the thoughful organic, non-interventionist winemaking practices. Volpaia is one of the highest-elevation winery in the Chianti area at 1,300 to 2,130 feet. The winery sits at the top of a stunning 11th century fortified village on the Florenc-Siena border. Nearly the entire village is intimately involved in the production of wine and olive oil. “Raffaello Stianti, one of Italys top printers and bookbinders, purchased the estate in 1966 and gifted it to his daughter daughter,...
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Monty Waldin, November 20, 2016
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Tuscan Splendor

Tuscan Splendor

"When you receive an incomparable wedding gift, such as a quaint, historic village situated in the Tuscan countryside, it comes with great responsibility. This is what Federica Mascheroni Stianti’s mother Giovannella got from her father the day she wed. She and her new husband Carlo had plans to move to Milan. Instead, the newlyweds embraced the extraordinary largesse – the village of Volpaia – that would eventually become the family estate and provide a one-of-a-kind tribute to Tuscan wine culture. "Set against the backdrop of Tuscany’s rolling hills, snowcapped mountains, dramatic cypress trees and miles of Tyrrhenian Sea coastline, the...
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Marisa Finetti, June/July 2016
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OperaWine 2016 Showcases 100 Top Italian Wineries

OperaWine 2016 Showcases 100 Top Italian Wineries

"At Vinitaly, Italy’s largest wine fair, more than 4,000 producers will present their wines to thousands of trade members and consumers from April 10 to 13 in Verona, as the event celebrates its 50th anniversary. "OperaWine is a microcosm, or distillation, of Vinitaly, presenting 100 Italian wine producers selected by Wine Spectator for their high quality, historical significance and regional prominence. Taking place on April 9 this year, OperaWine kicks off the fair and has become a focal point for anyone interested in the country's wines. "'I believe OperaWine has become the highlight of Vinitaly and a great showcase for...
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February 19, 2016
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The Good Food Hour: Wines of the Year 2015

The Good Food Hour: Wines of the Year 2015

The Good Food Hour, hosted by Steve Garner and John Ash, welcomes guest Tom Simoneau (The Wine Guy) to discuss his 2015 "Wines of the Year." During the show, Tom and Steve taste and comment on the winner for "Best Sparkling" — the Champagne Gosset NV Grande Réserve Brut (clip begins at minute 4:00) — and discuss Castello di Volpaia's 2013 Chianti Classico, Tom's "Best Alternative Red" (minute 34:20). Listen to the podcast here.
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Tom Simoneau, December 26, 2015
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