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Tuscan Wine Picks

One of the pleasures of visiting Tuscany is having the chance to drive the fertile hills of wine country, sampling reds and whites along the way. Most travelers really only think of Chianti, a mini-region within Tuscany, when thinking about Tuscan wine. But another vino hotspot is Montalcino.

Montalcino is the home of Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy’s most celebrated vintages. According to this month’s Tasting Notes newsletter from Epicurious.com, Montalcino produces other tasty wines, too. One of Epicurious’ resident wine gurus Leslie Sbrocco particularly likes products from Castello Banfi, a wine estate and luxury inn just outside of Montalcino.

While the inn looks enticing, you don’t have to go all the way to Tuscany to enjoy Castello Banfi. You can buy many wines by the bottle or case from the winery using their online store. Or, you can check your local wine seller or wine.com for Castello Banfi reds and whites.

By the way, in case you didn’t know, food site Epicurious is a great resource for wine lovers, as well. Sign up for their Tasting Notes newsletter or visit the site to watch tasting videos. For more on Tuscan wines, check out this recent article on the Top 5 Affordable Super-Tuscan Wines by Linda Murphy. The article also includes links to recipes for the perfect wine and food pairings.

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2 Comments

  • Anything Tuscan
    4 July 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Castello Banfi is without doubt a great winery which has won many prices, but when cruising Tuscany don’t miss out on the chance to meet some of the smaller producers, where the wine making is still a family affair. It will be interesting to compare a big international estate like Banfi to the totally different realities of tiny wineries that are run by 3 or 4 people but nevertheless manage to produce top wines. For my Top 10 selection check out: http://www.mapitout-tuscany.com/p/tuscan-wineries-top-10.html

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    • Melanie
      5 July 2011 at 10:31 am

      You are absolutely right. Castello Banfi is a large producer. I’m looking forward to reading about the smaller producers in your article.
      -Melanie

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