San Gimignano Wine Tour Day 3&4

The skyline of San Gimignano with its walls and towers are synonomous with Vernaccia de San Gimignano.  The first wine recognized by poets like Dante, Popes and the Italian government.   

The skyline of San Gimignano with its walls and towers are synonomous with Vernaccia de San Gimignano.  The first wine recognized by poets like Dante, Popes and the Italian government. 

 

Regional cheeses and meats like these wheels of pecorino and. Wild boar salami are perfect with the clean, high acid Vernacchia.  It reminded us of the dry Vidal blanc from Cassel Vineyards in many ways!   

Regional cheeses and meats like these wheels of pecorino and. Wild boar salami are perfect with the clean, high acid Vernacchia.  It reminded us of the dry Vidal blanc from Cassel Vineyards in many ways! 

 

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One of the best known grower, producers in the area Laticia Cesanni and her tasting room manager Elena invited us in for a tasting.  The experience was like nothing we have ever had!  The owner and manager took 2 hours out of their evening to explain to us and our children every aspect of growth and production. It was a very memorable evening.  They also made reservations for us at their friends trattetoria where we ate and drank Cessanni wine with Wild boar rague on pasta, venison in wine must reduction, truffles and ravioli, pasta with saffron sauce pate' and cheese and magnificent desserts.  We left after 3 1/2 hours of eating completely satisfied! 

 

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Next day we discovered the Enoteca San Gimignano or DOCG wine museum.  Here we were again educated about the wines of the region and how they are grown and made.  We were given flights of Vernaccia of different year vintages. Two were recent 2014 and 2015 while 2 were reserve meaning at least 8 months in large oak botti or small oak barriques. It was Very interesting to taste the differences.  We should be so lucky as to have a wine museum at home in the states!

 

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This morning I took a walk at sunrise to say a fond farewell to this beatiful region and its 42 registered Vernacchia producers.  I must say it is difficult to leave but considering the possibilities ahead I think I will get over it by noon when we arrive in Sienna at the largest Enoteca in the Chianti region! 

 

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