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Newsletter 11th February 2011

Ciao carissimi DrinkItaly's friends,

Hope you are well and everything is fine on your side of the pond!

All good here at DrinkItaly and in this newsletter we would like to let you know the great offers we have for you and some exciting events in February and March for your diary.


Donatella will tell you more about the Schiaccionaia estate that produced the fantastic Isistro Syrah and Trasubie Schiaccionaia that we are offering you with 40% discount if you buy a case of 6 bottles. So you will pay £60 instead of £102 for the former and £99.30 for the latter.


Schiaccionaia estate was founded by my neighbors from Monte Amiata, Dago and Marcella Rolla, who moved back to their ancestral home in Arcidosso from Rome, and doggedly cleaned up a hillside in the valley and gaining organic certification. It is beautifully situated among gently rolling hills of Cinigiano, facing S/SE, with a view of the Monte Amiata range.

"Schiaccionaia" means rock screed, and the terrain had to be cleared of much of the stones, leaving a well-drained clay and rocky terrain ideal for wine growing. Vines thrive in harsh terrain, and it is the very difficulty of the conditions which give the wine backbone. The yield per vine is a mere 1Kg per plant, giving a rich, dense fruit. The Trasubie which is 85% Sangiovese is an unfiltered, strong Montecucco typical of the region, but softened by a passage in barrique. The 2004 vintage is fully mature, and must be drunk this year. Isistro is an Italian 100% Syrah, more expansive and warmer than the French version, beautifully balanced. Both wines are made using the battonage technique, with the help of oenologist Alfredo Veronesi.

Schiaccionaia is now part of the Masari organic estate, so this is your last chance to get wines from this estate. They still produce an exquisite organic olive oil, and chestnut biscuits. But the demands of the land proved too much for them, despite the accolades they received for their vintages. The sides of Monte Amiata are covered in chestnut groves, in a landscape dotted with medieval villages. If you are interested in accommodation in unspoilt villages or vineyards, contact us.


DrinkItaly is organizing a Wine & Food paring event with supper club Rambling Restaurant run by our friend Abi. The evening will take place on the 24th February and Silvio will be your sommelier who will seal the marriage between some delicious food and fantastic wines supplied by you favorite Italian wine club ; ) Your palate will be amazed! Menu, wine list and more info can be found on http://ramblingfoodandwinepairing-eorg.eventbrite.com/ . There is room for 25 guests only so you better hurry as it gets sold out very quickly. Any questions, Silvio is more than happy to speak to you.

A Presto !