I love Siena, Tuscany with all its beautiful arts, history, architecture, wine & food.

Last week I visited the Wine & Siena show and happened to taste lots of excellent wines from all Italian wine regions, plus some French Champagne and lovely Italian artisanal beers in this town that I define the wine Capital of Italy.

As a Professional Sommelier for me it was a great chance to taste the 2013 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino not yet released, and a wide variety of Chianti Classico & Riserva, Nobile di Montepulciano & Riserva, Cortona Syrah, IGT Supertuscans, Bolgheri, Amarone, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Lagrein, Riesling etc.

These wine events are very useful for me to select more varieties of wines for my private wine classes & tastings in villas, and to identify the best wines for wedding receptions I coordinate – to pair them to the menu as official wedding Sommelier. This comes handy also for my private wine & food tours in Tuscany and Umbria, as I always hunt for scenic and boutique-style cellars, extraordinary wines, delicious organic food to give clients a memorable tasting adventure with me in Italy.

If you plan to visit Italy and want to live a unique experience in Tuscany & Umbria, book one of my bespoke wine & food tours with Professional Sommelier, or arrange a private wine tasting and a special dinner with Sommelier at the villa you are staying at. Don’t wait any longer! I’d love to hear your ideas and make your vacation in Tuscany memorable! Email me at tuscanywinefoodadventures@gmail.com

What else can you dream of, after a long day around Tuscany ? to find a nice and fresh aperitif, by the pool or under the pergola with an amazing view ! There are a lot of ways to organise nice and simple things with some really fresh Prosecco or white and red wine, plus different fresh seasonal food available in Tuscany. The secret is: tasty, easy, appealing, to let you relax and have fun drinking, eating, chatting under a pergola with sweet scented flowers in total tranquillity – nice & quiet evenings in villas or wherever you are staying. Some good mozzarella with fresh tomatoes and basil, freshly-cut Tuscan salami, ham and cheese, delicious home-made olives, enjoying every moment without thinking to buy and prepare things for you, family and friends.

Every single moment has to be magic and full of joy because you’re in Tuscany, the region that offers lots of really genuine products – for me it’s so easy to arrange them in a simple way to make you enjoy it and feel happy … with a lot of wine. Can you think of anything but some nice finger food and tasty wines, an aperitif on an hot summer evening under the Tuscan stars ? I can make this dream come true with just a few things and one hour to prepare it. For me simple things are always the best and this is the Leit Motif of my life. Good things to eat, great wines to drink and it is always the right time for an aperitif. Don’t you think so too ??? Contact me to arrange a private food & wine event in Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena, Pienza … and together we will create a unique celebration.

Wanna have some useful tips about Tuscan wines and hear about the true story of Chianti? The borderline between the two most famous and biggest Chianti regions, those of Siena and Florence, was defined in a funny way: it was decided that a knight should leave each city on the appointed day as soon as the rooster crew, and the place where the knights met along the way should become the new border. Each knight thought to outsmart the other one, the Florentine one by not feeding his black rooster, while the Siena knight fed it too much, thus meaning that the Florentine rooster started to crow at the first light because it was starving, while the Siena rooster slept too much because it had a full stomach! For this reason they met 15 km north of Siena! This is why Chianti Classico is labelled with a black rooster at the top. Just to say that even in this occasion Florence won over Siena, by the way both cities are spectacular masterpieces of Italian beauty. It is amazing how wine can be funny even telling old stories about it. Any time I tell this I can’t help laughing a lot. There are a lot of famous wines in Tuscany so don’t miss the chance! Book one of my guided wine tours in ancient and scenic Chianti wineries and you will find the authentic great Sangiovese-based wine this region is so famous for!