I am reading the 1980 edition of this book: Vino: The Wines and Winemakers of Italy and I feel I have been cheated. Born in the wrong era! This book is one of the most beautifully and poetically written books on wine I have ever read, and there are many stories about wine legends, now departed and the sensual, unforgetable but also not replicable wine they made. This is a time before the phrase Super Tuscan, a time when there were no terms like biodynamic, sustainable, or natural wines. Those catch phrases now used more as a marketing tool rather than an adjective describing the passion of a wine maker. The men and women who made their wine in the traditional way, with organic and natural procecsses did it out of love, not for marketing. This was right on the cusp, the time of the greats was peaking and Coca Cola just spent $36 million investing in Montalcino to produce more industrial crap. I am on the hunt for one of the last great bottles ever made by a Prince who spent his time tending his vineyard like it was his special, and who, to prevent his vineyard being molested by the wrong people, tore out all the vines and never looked back. This all happened before I got out of high school.
I am a certified Sommelier through AIS. I offer guided wine tours in Rome and the wine country around Rome. When I am not working, I like to hang out with my dogs, read, taste wine, liberate animals, do vegan outreach with amazing food, and visit exhibits. Art reminds me of the potential beauty and compassion we all posses inside, but that the majority in this world have failed to find.
Contact me for cultural and enogastronomic tours in Rome and beyond at www.antiquatours.com