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Wine tasting to get into the fall season

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I love the fall for so many reasons. The weather is refreshingly cool, the foliage is eye catching, there are fun activities of apple and pumpkin picking, plus, lots of yummy treats. In addition, this time of year is a perfect time for you to break outside your typical wine selection and explore other wines.

Roberto Pighin

Roberto Pighin

Many wine shops in and around your area host Grand Tastings. These events typically will showcase anywhere between 20 and 50 wines from around the world … free of charge!

My highlight fall wine tasting was the Kobrand Tour d’Italia hosted at the Legal Sea Foods in Park Square. Kobrand is a large importer that was established in 1944, representing a portfolio of wines from all around the world. This was their 4th annual Tour d’Italia. It was an East Coast tour, starting in Boston on September 14 and then traveling through eight other cities including New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Tampa and wrapping up in Miami after 10 days. The tour was titled the “Icons of Italian Wine: A community of exceptional, iconic wine producers and aficionados celebrating the best of what Italy has to offer.” The wineries that participated were from central Italy (Tuscany and Umbria), northern Italy (Piedmont, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia), and the the islands (Sardinia and Sicily).

Winemakers and brand ambassadors were present to share their pride and hard work with all the tasters.

Winemakers and representatives included:
• Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta di Salviano – Colleen McKettrick, Brand Ambassador
• Agricola Punica and Tenuta di Bisemo – Sebastiano Rosa, Principal
• Tenuta Sette Ponti and Feudo Macari – Giovanna Moretti, Owner
• Tenute Silvio Nardi – Emilia Nardi, Owner
• Tenute del Cabreo, Tenuta di Nozzole, Tenuta Campo al Mare, Santa Martina, Spalletti, Tenuta TorCalvano and Tenuta La Fuga – Giovanni Folonari, Owner
• Masi Agricola – Raffaele Boscaini, Brand Ambassador
• Michele Chiarlo – Alberto Chiarlo, Sales and Marketing Manager
• Fernando Pighin & Figli – Roberto Pighin, Owner

Tenuta San Guido

Tenuta San Guido

Jennifer Martin and Giovanna Moretti of Tenuta Sette Ponti

Jennifer Martin and Giovanna Moretti of Tenuta Sette Ponti

What’s so intriguing about Italian wine for me are the hundreds of native grapes found throughout the country that aren’t grown anywhere else in the world. Italy’s geography is so diverse — with so many influences from the mountain ranges including the Appennine mountains that run through Italy, as well as the lake and sea influences. Within the regions themselves there can be “cru” sites that are producing some of the best versions of a grape’s true self based on its positioning under the sun, the soil and climatic influences. Lastly, there are the choices the winemaker makes when it comes to grape selection, aging, etc.

I don’t know about you, but if I can’t visit the wineries themselves there is nothing like being able to chat with the winemaker firsthand when given the opportunity. The passion they convey through their stories is what I live for. No one can convey the history and traditions of a winery and the winemaking process better than the owner or winemaker himself. What’s even better than tasting with winemakers is attending sit-down dinners with them, so keep your eyes open throughout the state for the events. Maybe even inquire at your local wine shop if they’re aware of any events.

I’ll be featuring some of my favorite wines from each winery with further details on my blog, Vino Travels so make sure to subscribe to not miss out.

About Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin is a Boston-based Italian wine blogger. Her love of wine first started years ago when she studied abroad in college in Florence, Italy. She's traveled to Italy a multitude of times now and her love and passion for Italy not only comes from her experience of living there, but also due to her Italian heritage. Jennifer now runs her own company and website, Vino Travels, specializing in wine travels to Italy.