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Aug 24, 2009 08:21 PM

Chianti Wine Guide recommendations

Looking for a recommendation for a 1 day private wine guide in the chianti region There are just 2 of us. We are pretty knowledgeable about wine, but just learning about the chianti region - more interested in the local insider tour than bells and whistles and limos. ( :

PS - apologies if there is already a post on this. I searched both the food board and the wine board and didn't see anything though.

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  1. I would try to ask someone who specializes in Italian wines, like this guy (from Dallas)...

    1. I have taken a wine course and limited tour in the Piemonte. It was given by Mr. Silvano Patrito, Sommelier and the owner of a wine shop in Cherasco. We spent the morning being introduced to the wines of the region including a 1990 Barbaresco to experience aged Nebbiolo. We tasted 16 wines, visited with Franco Minuto at Moccagatta in Barbaresco and finished in the evening visiting with Guido and Alda Fantino at Conterno Fantino in Monforte d’Alba. I was lukewarm about taking this course that my wife set up, but it was one of the most fun and informative things I’ve ever done.

      In Montalcino, I discussed a tour at Enoteca Pierangioli, but I didn’t take it.

      From my experiences, I believe tours are available through local wine shops. I have never seen evidence of any “bells and whistles and limos” tours. Wineries don’t appear to have public tasting rooms like they do in the U.S., so you need someone local to set up the visits for you. During my foray into Provence, France last December, the hotels were offering to set up visits and tasting at the local wineries. This is probably the case in Italy also. You could inquire at the hotels you are considering for your stay.