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Chianti, Montepulciano Barbera Italian wine on Twitter

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Research carried out by Almawave regarding 7,8 million tweets during the month of October 2013 has pointed out the most mentioned wines together with the 14 key words for other subjects

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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The order of the most “tweeted” goes: Chianti 18%, Montepulciano 9%, Barbera 8%, Prosecco 5%, Brunello 4% and Barolo 3%. This list has received a very funny post from Intravino, which I suggest you read and to which I would like to add a couple of comments.
In 2009 the Società Dante Alighieri carried out a survey regarding the Italian words most known in the European Union, what resulted were terms for things to eat : Pizza, cappuccino, spaghetti and espresso. The word Chianti resulted in being the better known wine going strong especially in Luxemburg and in Belgium. Read more…

Sensorial analysis of the grapes let me teach you how it is done

You must put three grapes in your mouth at the same time, to then analyze separately the grape, the pulp, the skin and the seed. And it does not cost anything

 

Grape tasting Valérie Lavigne’s hands after tasting

Grape tasting Valérie Lavigne’s hands after tasting

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

The first to promote a sensorial analysis of the grapes were Rousseau and Delteil of the ICV inMontpellierin the year 2000 (read “Corriere Vinicolo” about this and other techniques). Their method is still today the best known and used. It is based on a form with 19 descriptors to which the taster gives a vote from 1 to 4 where the best grade is the lowest. For certain points the numbers grow and in others they decrease, because it is evident that the grapes will be readier at harvest time while being less acidic and sweeter.

The first parameter on the grape requires a visual exam and to touch the grape to evaluate the consistency, colour, aptitude to be separated from the stem. Evidently the healthiness is an element that needs careful evaluation.

Then follows the tasting of 3 grapes at the same time. They must be examined separately, in this order pulp, skin, and seeds. Of the juice we must under stand: the separation skin/pulp, sweetness, acidity, herbaceous and fruity aromas. Evidently the acidity and herbaceousness must be as scarce as possible while the other elements must be more abundant.

On the skin the exam regards 3 elements which must result high (aptitude to being crushed, tannic intensity, fruity aroma) and 3 elements which must result scarce; acidity astringency, herbaceous aromas

After having tasted the seeds one must spit them into the hand. It’s awful to say but that is

Montalcino 2013 harvest grape tasting

Montalcino 2013 harvest grape tasting

exactly the technique. Astringency (as little as possible) aromas and tannic intensity must be tasted, then one seed must be crushed between the teeth and then spit them out to visually examine them, in colour and the aptitude to be crushed. The seed for great wines is well lignified, it has no green stripes and it breaks up easily.

The sensorial analysis of the grapes requires previous instructions from am expert guide, but the first steps can also be carried our by someone who is self-taught going to the Vineyard at harvest time.

Producers and wine makers use more and more this method of grape tasting especially to choose the right moment to pick each field and it potential quality. The laboratory analyses are also very useful of course to evaluate the technological and polyphenolic ripeness of the grapes but the tasting become more important year by year.

Don’t wait then, come and taste our grapes, the harvest at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and at fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti are in full swing.

 


Countdown for Donatella’s grape harvest

It began with Traminer and will continue with the Brunello Sangiovese, Chianti and Orcia which will be picked after the 20th of September, if the deer don’t get to them and eat them sooner

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

sangiovese-2013

sangiovese-2013

Seeing the quantity of grapes eaten by wild boar, deer and roe-deer it comes natural to ask oneself if Tuscan grape growers cultivate grapes as animal nourishment rather than for wine. What a disaster! Year after year the problem is always worse and reduces the yield by 10-20%. It is surprising how a region like Tuscany, where wine is an important part of the economy and the employment, has n administration who is not sensitive to this problem and who dies not try to balance the number of wild animals with respect to the dimension of the woods.
Let’s change subject!
The Traminer harvest began on September 9th and lasted one and a half days-it is destined for the production of passito – my husband Carlo’s passion – and the white IGT “Sanchimento”. The grapes were refrigerated so as to reach the fermentation vats in excellent conditions. Read more…

August holiday at Fattoria del Colle

As a family, as a couple, with children and with dogs, in the most beautiful and intact countryside in Italy Fattoria del Colle organizes visits to wineries in the Chianti and Brunello regions, wine and oil tastings, brief cookery lessons, visits to small cities of art and to Siena …. 

Fattoria del Colle country inn in Tuscany close to Siena

Fattoria del Colle country inn in Tuscany

Upon request massages and a SPA experience in the Fattoria del Colle specially dedicated area, with a Turkish bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, sensorial showers, relaxation room, a massage rooms.

Compete relax or a program rich in activities for a solid in the midst of the countryside with the whole family: grandparents, children and also your pets, framed by a series of panoramas which resemble medieval paintings and where it is possible to live in the homes where once the sharecroppers lived with, though, tokay modern comforts. An experience that will remain in your heart forever.

Three nights, four days for two people: Euro 158.00 per person, the price includes :
• 3 nights in double room with bathroom
• 3 buffet breakfasts
• 1 happy wine
• Guided tour of Fattoria del Colle and of the cellars with a 3 wine tasting
One week for two people: Euro 358,00 per person. The price includes:
• 7 nights in double room with bathroom,
• 7 buffet breakfasts
• 1 happy wine
• 1 guided tour of Fattoria del Colle with tasting of three of Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wines
• The activities described in the weekly program, such as cookery lessons ( Pinci and pizza ), the comparative tasting of three extra virgin olive oils, the guided tour of Siena (upon booking Tuesday at 3 pm ).

Three nights, four days for families 2 adults and 2 children under 12

swimming pools at Fattoria del Colle country inn

swimming pools at Fattoria del Colle country inn


Euro 490, 00. The price includes:
• 3 nights in an apartment with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and living room
• 1 happy wine for the whole family
• 1 guided tour of Fattoria del Colle with a tasting of wines by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
• The activities described in the weekly program, such as cookery lessons ( Pinci and pizza ), the comparative tasting of three extra virgin olive oils, the guided tour of Siena (upon booking Tuesday at 3 pm ).
• For the children archery ( Thursday at 10,30 ) and 1 horse riding lesson lasting one hour ( transfer with own car to Sinalunga, upon booking )

Fattoria del Colle country inn in Tuscany restaurant

Fattoria del Colle country inn in Tuscany restaurant

One week for a family, 2 adults and two children under 12
Euro 960, 00. The price includes:
• 7 nights in an apartment with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room
• 1 happy wine for the whole family
• 1 guided tour of Fattoria del Colle with a tasting of three wines by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
• The activities described in the weekly program, such as cookery lessons ( Pinci and pizza ), the comparative tasting of three extra virgin olive oils, the guided tour of Siena (upon booking Tuesday at 3 pm ).
• For the children archery ( Thursday at 10,30 ) and 1 horse riding lesson lasting one hour ( transfer with own car to Sinalunga, upon booking )
Your four legged friends are welcome, bring them with you!


Dancing among the barrels for Calici di Stelle at Fattoria del Colle

A multi-sensorial night: live music by The Pipedreamers, tastings of Cenerentola Doc Orcia and Brunello, artistic perfumery during the August 10th night

 

#CaliciDiStelle 2013 #Tuscany #ViolanteGardini

#CaliciDiStelle 2013 #Tuscany #ViolanteGardini

Violante Gardini celebrates the election as Presidente Toscana of the Movimento del Turismo del vino with a party open to the public for Calici di Stelle – August 10th – at Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti.
Live music for dancing in the midst of the barrels and every half hour a pause for a wine tasting, before getting back onto the dance-floor, dedicate a few moments to a perfume, to the falling stars and to expressing wishes.
For those who wish to dine there will be a lovely buffet with 10 dishes among which a Chianina Tartar created especially for the occasion (28€).
The party at Fattoria del Colle will develp, with some extra touches the theme of Calici di Stelle 2013 in the Tuscan wineries <Wine and music stars >>.
A new rite, young, refined but in direct contact with nature and the suggestions of a night in the countryside. The music at Fattoria del Colle will begin at 10 pm to then continue until midnight when there will be a toast to the stars. Read more…

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