Wines for the April 10th Zoom Tasting

Wines for the April 10th Zoom Tasting


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We hope you will join us at 4:00 on Saturday, April 10th, for our tasting of the Tuscan reds of Castello di Volpaia with the proprietor, Federica Mascheroni Stianti. In 1250, Volpaia was a founding member of the Lega del Chianti (Chianti League). The Florentine Republic formed the Lega by dividing its communities into three districts — Castellina, Radda, and Gaiole — and allotting each a certain amount of territory. Volpaia was included in the League’s Terziere di Radda. The territories were front-line garrison towns for Florence in the Florentine-Sienese wars and the emblem for the Chianti League was the “Gallo Nero,” or “Black Rooster” — the current trademark for Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico. Castello di Volpaia is a historically important winery and their wines are superb.

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Saturday's tasting will include, in this order:

2018 Castello di Volpaia Cabernet "Prelius", $14.99

Blueberry and currant character with a hint of vanilla. Medium to full body. Chewy tannins and a flavorful finish.

Purchase the Prelius here:

2018 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico, $21.99

This is a delightfully open and accessible value red that could pair with a simple chicken dinner. From an organic farm, the Volpaia 2018 Chianti Classico is a smooth, silky, and fruit-driven expression that delivers on the basic promises of elegance and freshness that are associated specifically with Sangiovese from Radda in Chianti.

Purchase the Chianti Classico here:

2017 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva, $36.99

The Volpaia 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Volpaia (made with organic fruit) does a great job of showing purity and freshness in what was a challenging vintage for sure. This Riserva reveals delineated tones of cherry and dark berry with crushed limestone, blue flowers, and some of the wild herbs and bramble that are typical in wines from this corner of Tuscany.

Purchase the Chianti Classico Riserva here:

Let me know if you would like to schedule a private tasting for a group of friends or colleagues. You can email me at

We have recordings of many of the tastings since last March. If you would be interested in viewing any of them, let me know.

You can see our schedule of upcoming tastings here:

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