An Evening with Some Italians

Discussing European wine policy and tasting Chianti Classico wines

5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, November 20, 2014

Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis

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Chianti is the name of a wine production region within Tuscany.
Chianti Classico refers to wine made in a smaller area within the Chianti region, where Classico means “the first” or “the original.”  Only this wine is entitled to bear the historic Black Rooster symbol, from 1716.

Siena and Florence are the capitals of Chianti, which is shared between the provinces of the two communities.  The zone amounts to 70,000 hectares (172,900 acres) and includes the entire territories of Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti and Radda in Chianti and parts of those of Barberino Val d’Elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi, San Casciano Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.http://www.chianticlassico.com

Wine Tasting

Chianti Classico – Casa Sola "Riserva"

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Chianti Classico – Rocca delle Macìe, Riserva di Fizzano “Gran Selezione"

Chianti Classico – Tenuta di Bibbiano
Castellina in Chianti

Chianti Classico – San Felice “Gran Selezione"
Castelnuovo Berardenga

Chianti Classico – Castello di Ama
Gaiole in Chianti

Chianti Classico – Villa Calcinaia
Greve in Chianti

Chianti Classico – Castello d'Albola “Gran Selezione"
Radda in Chianti

Chianti Classico – Villa Antinori "Riserva"
San Casciano Val di Pesa


About the Estates- November, 20 -2014

Fattoria Casa Sola www.fattoriacasasola.com
Owners of Casa Sola for three generations, the Gambaro Family has managed the company since 1960, transferring their passion and respect for this marvelous land into the wine and oil which they produce.  Casa Sola has received many awards at both at domestic and international level from all the major publications.

Rocca delle Macìe – www.roccadellemacìe.com
Rocca delle Macìe was founded in 1973 by Italo Zingarelli, a movie producer with a great passion for wine.  During the past 30 years the Zingarelli family, thanks to its entrepreneurial skill on one side and thanks to its willingness to look for quality on the other, has established a model winery.

Tenuta di Bibbiano - www.tenutadibibbiano.it
The Bibbiano Estate is located at the very heart of the historical territory known as Chianti Classico. Vineyards have always existed on these lands and have slowly but surely become an entrepreneurial tradition.

San Felicewww.agricolasanfelice.it
Agricola San Felice is located in southern Chianti Classico, in the small medieval hamlet of Castelnuovo Berardenga.  The estate vineyards were planted in the 1970s and restoration of the historic buildings followed.

Castello di Amawww.castellodiama.it
Ama is small hamlet nestled among gentle hills, in the commune of Gaiole in Chianti, in the province of Siena.  At some 500 metres’ elevation, it lies in the heart of the Chianti Classico storico zone, where vineyards and olive groves and woods weave intricate intersecting patterns among themselves.

Villa Calcinaiawww.conticapponi.it
Overlooking the old medieval road to Greve, the Villa of Calcinaia owes its present look to the Capponi family, who bought it in 1524.  The estate is located in the very heart of the Chianti region, 2 Km from Greve, 21 Km from Florence and 50 Km from Siena. 

Castello d’Albola www.albola.it
The origins of Castello d’Albola date back to the XII century, with its antique village cellars which can be visited today, whilst sipping one of Italy’s most renowned wines.

Villa Antinori, Marchesi Antinori  -  www.antinori.it
The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years, since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri in 1385.