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Wine Two Five

What fun–click here to listen to the W25 podcast featuring Sassi Italy Tours!

As is well known around here, we’re huge fans of the WineTwoFive podcast because it gives you a look at the inquisitive, geeky side of wine culture without all the huffery and snootery that much of serious wineblogging and wine social-media’ing is known for.  It’s informative without being snobby, entertaining without missing what really matters to wine drinkers.

Lucky for us, I got to appear on the podcast this week, talking about the importance of wine travel, getting outside our touristy comfort zones, and digging into the *real* Italy and the wonderful wine culture you can find off the beaten path.  Give it a listen!



Got a lovely birthday present last week in the form of Baracchi’s Smeriglio (which translates as small falcon, as the bottle hints); dark, almost opaque in color for a sangiovese, this wine hails from a part of the world more foreign travelers are starting to discover (Cortona).  It’s a bit off the beaten path, but worth the effort for the intrepid traveler according to friends who call it their roots; per our friend Valter at Valter’s Osteria in Salt Lake City, the best way to get there is Trenitalia to Arezzo, and then private car service from there.  On our list of things to do!



On the nose, you can immediately sense that the ABV is pretty robust, and the label confirms (14%).  Not overly floral or fruity, just solid Tuscan minerality as you sniff, and slightly underripe plum and dark fruit on the sip.  Long finish.  Was perfect with some ravioli, and would stand up to proteins and heavier sauces just fine. You should try it if you find it.  $22 at Sovereignty Wines here in the Springs.