Thursday, November 1, 2012

Under the Tuscan Sun

Tuscany wine

I recently re-watched “Under the Tuscan Sun,” a movie loosely based on Frances Mayes’ memoir of her Impulse purchase, renovation and life in a villa in Tuscany. The book and movie both paint a glorious picture of life in Tuscany, with food and wine as features of the culture well-worth exploring. Of course now I want to move there, again. I can’t afford to buy a second home there, nor would my wife consider a move at this time, but it is possible to rent villas in Tuscany,  so that would be a possibility. Anyone want to comp me some wine travel there? :)
Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Tuscany is also known for the dessert wine Vin Santo, made from a variety of the region's grapes. Tuscany has twenty-nine Denominazioni di origine controllata (DOC) and seven Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). In the 1970s a new class of wines known in the trade as "Super Tuscans" emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations but were considered of high quality and commanded high prices. Many of these wines became cult wines. In the reformation of the Italian classification system many of the original Super Tuscans now qualify as DOC or DOCG wines but some producers still prefer the declassified rankings or to use the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) classification of Toscana.

(From Wikipedia)
If you're like me, you might not be visiting Tuscany any time soon. The next best thing is to open a bottle of Tuscan wine. A top tip for choosing a wine from Tuscany is to know and understand the classification system. The system has three tiers: Vina da Tavola, or table wine, followed by Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT), which denotes a medium-quality wine, and finally, the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), generally the highest quality wines. Beyond this classification however, lie the "Super Tuscans," wines that don't fit the mold and allow for further exploration.

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1 comment:

  1. A wine tasting trip to Tuscany would be nice...:)