Wine&Siena. On 30 and 31 of January 2016 Siena will host the first edition of Wine&Siena, a can’t miss event designed to promote the excellence of Siena wines. The location chosen will be Rocca Salimbeni, the original seat of Monte Paschi Bank. Wine&Siena Event will be a showcase dedicated to Siena, Tuscany and Italian wines’ productions.

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena: you can find the best combination for the city characterized by well-5 DOCG areas: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti Classico and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. In this sense, Siena can undoubtedly be called the symbol of Italian Oenology. Moreover, Wine&Siena event will be surely appreciated by Siena people. Everybody have waited so long for such an event. They are aware of the historical tradition of the that characterizes Siena itself and the surrounding territory. Wine&Siena has involved the most important organization, the Gourmet’s International, which has over 25 years of experience about selection and organization of food and wine events including Merano Wine Festival 2015.

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

At Rocca Salimbeni the majority of exhibitors will be Tuscan. The path will lead to Scala Spadolini, in Sala Rocca and the Galleria Peruzziana. Outside from Piazza Salimbeni, there will be other food & wine stands.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.wineandsiena.it
The price is 40.00 euros for the daily and 25.00 euros for half a day.

Rocca Salimbeni in Siena

Rocca Salimbeni in Siena

An important event will be the Showcooking Double Fire Chef vs Blogger at 13.30, 16.45 or 19.15 p.m. at the price of 15,00 euros.
You can will also take part at Small Plates Gala on Friday, 29 on January, starting at 20:00. This event will take place at Enoteca Italiana in Siena where there will be 8 restaurant owners from Siena that will welcome you with their typical dishes at a price of 40.00 euros per person.

Enoteca Italiana-Siena

Enoteca Italiana-Siena

Another event that will be held instead at the Grand Hotel Continental, will be the Gala Dinner on Saturday, January 30th at 20:30 at the price of 60.00 euros per person.

Grand Hotel Continental Siena

Grand Hotel Continental Siena

For information, reservations and purchase tickets visit www.sienaincoming.it or call the numbers 3480216972/3476137678 by Tuesday 26 January 2016.
Remember that Wine&Siena is organized by Gourmet’s International Merano, Confcommercio of Siena, Siena Municipality, Chamber of Commerce of Siena and with the participation of Monte Paschi Bank of Siena and Grand Hotel Continental.

If you decide to come to visit the city in those days, and you need an accommodation, don’t hesitate to contact us at www.hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com

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Be Tuscan! It’s not an hard work…for us. Today Borgo Grondaie has decided to surprise you with an unusual article! We hope you will enjoy it!

Tuscany

Be Tuscan

We are going to talk about most common linguistic mistakes of our fantastic guests! It could happen to hear from an English-speaking person the word “Grazi” istead of “Grazie” (thanks). They don’t pronunciate that final “e” because in English that sound is “i” and not “e” as in Italian.

Another word which is very difficult for English people is “San Gimignano” because the diphtong “gn” does not exist in English! So you hear perople say “San Gimignino”, “San Gimgggnano” …..

San Gimignano

The list with linguistic mistakes made by foreigners that try to speak Italian could be endless and so we prefer focus on what a Tuscan person is, all his characteristics that made him DOC like the wine!

First of all, everybody knows that Tuscan people love to laugh, make fun and are very ironic and self-ironic people. They love have fun and share with friends their free time. They use a lot nicknames to take joke of friends (and not only) calling them “nasone” (big nose)” if he/her has a big one, “Kojak” (from the TV series of the famous detective) if he’s bald, “secco” (thin) for who is tall and thin and the exclamation “che scemo” (what a dummy) is a regular way to say to a friend when he/her makes something funny or unusual.

We use a lot our hands while speaking and we demostrate our affection for someone giving him/her strong pat on their shoulders.

What are the most important characteristics of a true Doc Tuscan?

First of all the right knowledge of Tuscan language. In Tuscany people don’t speak a dialect like in other Italian regions. In Siena and Firenze we are fomous for how we pronounce the “C”. Coca Cola for us is HOHA HOLA, “casa” (home) is HASA and “cannuccia” (straw) HANNUCCIA. Remember that Tuscany is the cradle of Italian language and we are very proud of that!

A symbol is represented by the film “Il Ciclone” by Leonardo Pieraccioni. It is a MUST for all Tuscan people! We suggest you to watch it!

Il Ciclone

Everybody knows Roberto Benigni, the symbol of Tuscan person. Does anyone remember his Oscar award in 1999 for the fim “La vita è bella”? A mix of happiness, spontaneity and exuberance!

Roberto Benigni- Oscar 1999

Roberto Benigni- Oscar 1999

Another characteristic of Tuscan people is their love and passion for good food and wines like Brunello or Chianti. We are proud of our recipes.

First of all we must remember the so-called “Ribollita” which is a soup of bread and vegetatables. The most important ingredient is the borecole. Ribollita means “boiled twice” because you must boil vegetables and bread two times!

Ribollita

So, in order to win over a Tuscan you must be ironic, make him/her laugh and love wine and food!

And you, what do you think about Tuscan people???

Ilaria Simi

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Tuscan Pecorino. One of the most popular products of our region is without any doubt Pecorino cheese. Tuscan Pecorino is cheese with a PDO, or Protected Designation of Origin. It obtained this prestigious acknowledgment from the European Commission in 1996, after 10 years from that one obtained by the Italian State.

Pecorino is a general word used to indicate every kind of cheese made of ewe’s milk. In Italy it is possible to find a huge variety of Pecorino cheese. It depends on their origin arereas. In Tuscany you can find productions in Cortona, Barga, Pietrasanta, in Maremma, Casentino and Valdichiana areas. Closer to us don’t forget Chianti and Crete Senesi. A little curiosity: Pecorino cheese, produced in Crete Senesi was really appreciated by the Pope Pio II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who was born in Pienza in 1405.

The earliest historical references regarding Pecorino cheese get back Roman period, in particular in Naturalis Historia written by Plinio Il Vecchio. In reality it’s thought that the production was started even before, dating back to the Etruscan period. In XV century Pecorino cheese was known as “cacio marzolino” because of the period of producion (marzolino: marzo=March) that started in March and continue still all the Spring.

As regards its characteristics everybody knows that the basic element is milk, wich must be exclusively ewe’s milk. All the sheeps must be raised inside the territory under the PDO. In particular sheeps can belong to various breeds: Appenninica, Sopravvissana, Massese, Comisana or Sarda.

The Tuscan Pecorino PDO is kept in special natural places of fridges until it reaches the right ripeness. The Tuscan Pecorino PDO is consumed primarily as a dessert cheese. When it becomes very mature, it can also be used as a cheese for grating. The ripeness can last from 40 days till 6 months. It can be produced with ewe’s milk of two varietis: fresh or matured. The fresher type has a rind that varies in colour from yellow to straw yellow; the cheese is white or light yellow. It has a fragrant taste. The mature cheese has has a yellow to deep yellow rind, but depending on the daubs (tomato, ash, oil). The cheese inside is straw-yellow; its flavour is fragrant but never strong. Marking is done on the side of the cheese with ink on soft cheeses and with heat on semi-hard chesees. Among the most recommended wines with fresh Tuscan Pecorino there are Vernaccia of San Gimignano and Bianco of Pitigliano. With mature Tuscan Pecorino there are Brunello of Montalcino and Morellino of Scansano.


And now I write you two recipes in order to taste this amazing tuscan cheese!

Pasta with eggplant and Tuscan Pecorino

Ingredients for 4 people

2 eggplants
1 garlic clove
2 tomatoes
2 slices of pecorino
Oregano, olive oil, pasta

Wash your eggplants, dice and put them in a skillet with olive oil for 10 minutes. Put in garlic, oregano and tomatoes.
Meanwhile boil the pasta and dice Pecorino. When pasta is ready put all together and serve with olive oil and grated pecorino.

Grilled pecorino

Ingredients

Pecorino 400 gr
Peppermint
Oregano
Olive oil
Slice the pecorino and put all the slices inside a mixture of olive oil peppermint and oregano. After 1 hour grill them and serve when they are still hot.

And now… Enjoy your meal!!!!

Ilaria Simi

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Chianti Ecomarathon 2015. Borgo Grondaie has decided today to talk about a really interessant event which can join the passionates of nature, sport, good Tuscan food and running. We are talking about the Chianti Ecomarathon which will take place next 17th and 18th October. All the runners who will participate to this initiative, the will have the occasion of cross over and run through the beautiful tuscan nature in one of the better known area of this region: Chianti.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

In particular, the availables trails for the Chianti Ecomarathon are six in total and they are divided into: Ecomarathon of 42 km, Chianti Classic Trail of 21 km, Luca Trail of 14 km, the Ecopromenade of 10 km, the Wineries walk of 8 km and the Nordic Walking of 11 km.

How about the Ecomarathon of 42 km, it is important to notice that there are not so many climbs but it is rather a run throght the Siennese hills. The highest point is about 627 meters and the lowest is of 206. Her you find most white streets next to the vineyards. The arrival is in Piazza Marconi in Castelnuovo Berardenga.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

The Classic Chianti Trail of 21 km is the new of this year. The trail was extended of 3 km through which it will be possible to admire a unique landscape of Siena, Val d’Orcia and the Chianti area.

The Luca Trail of 14 km was confirmed also this year and this one was extended of 3 km. The departure is from san Gusmè on Sunday, 18th at 9.30. This is a rather simple trail.

Moreover on Sunday 18th October you can partecupate to teh 9th Edition of Eco-Promenade of 10 km. The departure is in Piazza Marconi in Castelnuovo Berardenga. It is adressed to all people who love have a walk through the vineyards, cypresses and olive trees.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

Another initiative is the Wineries Walk; it seems to be created for food and wine lovers! The appointment is for Saturday 17th of October in Castelnuovo Berardenga where you can participate at this tour of 8 km in order to discover the most important agricultural holdings of Chianti. You can also taste wine and some traditional Tuscan dishes and food. At the end of the tour, in the centre of the village there will be a market rich in typical products.

The last choice is the famous Nordic Walking with his trail of 11 km.

And you, which kind of trail do you prefer?

ILARIA SIMI

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Chianti, a sip of culture! Today we leave from Borgo Grondaie to explore one of the most famous areas of Tuscany, Chianti. Especially known for the production of the wine of the same name, the Chianti hills are located in a vast area between the towns of Siena, Florence and Arezzo. Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti are the “historical” municipalities of the region. These three villages were the ancient terzieri (subdivision of several towns) of the Chianti League, set up as a defensive community under the auspices of the Florentine republic in fourteenth century. The coat of arms of the League was a Black Cock on a gold background, an image that became the symbol of Chianti Classico.

 

Emblem for the Chianti League

Emblem for the Chianti League

 

Let’s start our virtual tour with the town of Gaiole in Chianti located between Chianti and Valdarno, near the Massellone stream. Thanks to its strategic position, the country has always been a commercial center for the surrounding villages and castles, and because of this function, it was never fortified. What makes Gaiole a magical place is the presence of castles and ancient churches such as the church of Santa Maria of Spaltenna and Meleto and Brolio Castels. Meleto Castle was an ancient property of a feudal family. Its structure still has a military setting, with the presence of two cylindrical towers placed at the edge of the southern ramparts. Inside there are several furnished rooms decorated in eighteenth-century style and a theater with a stage and an original set design. Various medieval festivals and gala dinners are held in the Castle. Brolio Castle, of Lombard origin, since Middle Ages is the property of the Florentine noble family Ricasoli, which meant the building of a massive fortification due to the danger of its strategic location. Since the twelfth century, Ricasoli Family began production of the famous Chianti Classico and today it is the most ancient and long-lived winery in the world.

 

Meleto Castle  - Gaiole in Chianti

Meleto Castle – Gaiole in Chianti

 

Brolio Castle - Gaiole in Chianti

Brolio Castle – Gaiole in Chianti

 

castello di Brolio wine

Castello di Brolio wine

 

Radda in Chianti is a village near Siena surrounded by walls. Between an alley and other, it is not difficult to find many restaurants and wine bars to taste excellent local wines. Noteworthy is the Podestà Palace, headquarters of the Chianti League. You can visit the Museum of Sacred Art that houses several masterpieces of the fifteenth century. Those who were in the proximity of this picturesque medieval village in late May, can’t miss the opportunity to attend the event named Radda in the Glass, which this year will take place on 30 and 31 May 2015. During the event you can taste with producer best wines of Radda in Chianti with producers. Also in the days of Radda in Glass will be held an exhibition of Renaissance clothing in the ancient prisons of the Podestà Palace.

 

Podestà Palace .- Radda in Chianti

Podestà Palace – Radda in Chianti

 

Radda in the Glass event poster

Radda in the Glass event poster

 

Third and last village of “Historical Chianti” is Castellina in Chianti, of Etruscan origin, surrounded by crenellated walls. Thanks to its strategic location, since the Middle Ages it has been the center of historical events and battles. The old town has a medieval structure, as it is shown by the countless alleys and Via delle Volte, a covered road set against the ancient walls. Among the places of interest we find the Medieval Fortress and the crenellated tower of the Church of San Salvatore that overlook the town square. The fortress now houses the town hall but was an ancient fortress of the fifteenth century. The neo-Romanesque church of San Salvatore dates from the sixteenth century. Inside we can admire an important fresco representing the Madonna Enthroned, ascribed to Bicci di Lorenzo (1373-1452), a wooden statue of the Renaissance of St. Barnabas, former patron of Castellina. Castellina in Chianti is also the center of the Tuscan gastronomic culture thanks to the presence of numerous wineries where you can taste the famous Chianti wine. In May there is the Pentecost in Castellina with wine tastings, traditional performances, street food and craft markets.

 

View of Castellina in Chianti

View of Castellina in Chianti

 

San Salvatore Church in Castellina in Chianti

San Salvatore Church in Castellina in Chianti

 

Via delle Volte - Castellina in Chianti

Via delle Volte – Castellina in Chianti

 

medieval Fortress - Castellina in Chianti

Medieval Fortress – Castellina in Chianti

 

 

GIORGIA BRANCATO

 

 

Have you ever wondered, why wine bottles are not all equal? There are bottles of different colors, texture and even size. Borgo Grondaie  wants to share with you our discover.

 Before, let’s take a step back in history, to know when and where the people began to store wine in bottles.

 Studies say that storing wine in glass bottles dates back to the XVIII century, when in France began producing the first bottles of blown glass.


Nowadays,  bottles are presenting with different shapes, colors  and sizes. The bottle color and shape can play a role in how the wine ages, because the air will come in contact with the wine in different areas depending on the bottle.


The main purpose of the bottle is to minimize the passage of light coming through the glass. The ray of sunshine will make the wine fake and it’s for this reason that especially for wines that will not be consumed young and red wines, dark glass bottles are preferred.

In a commercial context the size of the bottle more used is (0,750 liters), the ideal container for quality wines suitable for aging allow a harmonious and practical for the commercial operations of storage and shipping, also if there are any various sizes (from 0.1875 l up to 130 l).

In addition to the classic standard size, there are larger sizes, the Magnum from a liter and a half, the three-liter Jeroboam, etc.. and half a bottle of 0,375 or 0,500

Here are the namesand sizes of thepopular formats

 

MELCHISEDEC

40 BOTT.

30 LITERS

NABUCHODONOSOR

20 BOTT.

15 LITERS

BALTHAZAR

16 BOTT.

12 LITERS

SALMANAZAR

12 BOTT.

9 LITERS

MATHUSALEM

8 BOTT.

6 LITERS

REHOBOAM

6 BOTT.

4,5 LITERS

JEROBOAM

4 BOTT.

3 LITERS

MAGNUM

2 BOTT.

1,5 LITERS

BOTTIGLIA

 

0,75 LITERS

MEZZA

 

0,375 LITERS

QUARTO

 

0,25 LITERS

 

Let us look atthe different types:

 


BORDOLESE (1):The Bordeaux, originally from the Bordeaux region, the bottle is more prevalent in the market. It is usually dark red wines while generally transparent or light green to white ones.

BORDOLESE A SPALLA ALTA (2):deriving from above, this form gives greater elegance and is then used to fine details and red wines.

CHAMPAGNOTTA (3):indicated for classic method sparkling wines or champagne, the glass of this bottle, has a greater thickness since it must withstand the pressure exerted by the wine.

CHAMPAGNE CUVEE (4):derived from the previous one, it has a wider base and a longer neck.

RENANA O ALSAZIANA (5):perfect for storage of white wines, this bottle comes with a cylinderconical shape more stretched tapered. This type of bottle is coming from the cellar of the Rhine, Germany.

MARSALESE (6):as his name indicates, this is the bottle used for storage of Marsala. The glass is dark brown or black.

ALBEISA (7):is generally used for the preservation of red wines of Piemonte. The bottle is dark to allow a better refinement of the product.

BORGOGNA O BORGOGNOTTA (8):this bottle green color is often used for the preservation of the great wines of Burgundy. Characterized by a cylindrical-conical, in the past it was used interchangeably for white and red wines.

BOCKSBEUTEL O PULCIANELLA (9):rounded in shape and green in color. Used for storage of red wines of Franconia.

PORTO (10):generally used for fortified Iberian wines such as Port or Sherry, it often presents with different shades of green or brown.

ANFORA (11):  is generally used in France for the bottling of the wines of Provence. Some Italian companies use it for storage of Verdicchio

Almost all the bottles are used, as well as in the format of the capacity of 750 cl., In size from 375 cl., Said “half“, and in size from 1,500 cl. Called “Magnum”.
The color of the glass used ranges from white to amber, brown, green, shades lighter to darker. Especially for wines intended for aging more or less long in the bottle, it is preferable to use glass very dark, and recent studies have produced compounds that allow to obtain a filtered light for optimum wine storage.

 

Here a photo of Borgo Grondaie Wine Cellar.

enoteca

The passions…

If  it is true that the passions rule the world and the land of Tuscany and Siena’s territory are known to create great passions in the hearts of those coming to visit us. One of all … the wine!

passions

Source: www.intravino.com

The true lovers of wine are familiar with the rules governing the wine with the name ” Chianti Classico” 

For all others who are passionate about wine, as we are in Borgo Grondaie, but that are not involved in the daily production of what is called the “nectar of gods”, let us introduce you to some of the rules that make the wine a “Chianti Classico” D.O.C.G. (controlled designation of origin guaranteed)

For example do you know that Sangiovese grape is the real soul of Chianti Classico: typical of these areas , the Sangiovese grapes more than any other is able to represent the characteristics of the ground where it grows succeeding to lend the grape aromas and flavors that send you back to areas of origin ( as a floral bouquet refers to the sandstones , the aroma of berries to the limestone and the smell of fresh tobacco to tuff ) by maintaining the scent of violets that characterizes this incomparable wine.

Along with Sangiovese, other red grapes can be present in a maximum of 20 %,  , such as Canaiolo and Colorino , and those “international” , such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, recommended and / or authorized in the production area .

Among the major organic characteristics are: the ruby color that can sometimes become intense and deep , the scent with floral notes combined with the typical character of red fruit, the smooth taste,  the minimum alcohol content of 12 degrees for the young wine and 12.5 degrees for the reserve , the minimum dry extract content of 24 g/l and the total acidity of not less than 4.5 g/l.

Production factors : the yield of grapes per hectare may not exceed 75 quintal  after 4 years from plant and the yield of grapes into wine can not be greater than 70% , which is 52.50 hectoliters of wine per hectare. In addition, the operations of winemaking and bottling must take place exclusively within the production area and the authorization for home consumption is permitted from the 1rst October subsequent to grape harvest. For the Reserve is mandatory an ageing minimum of 24 months , of which at least 3 of aging in bottle.

Also with regard to the label . The label must indicate ” Chianti Classico” with the specification of ” Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin ” , one of the most prestigious awards for Italian wines , and highlight the year of production of the grapes.

Wine is the poetry of the earth, Mario Soldati writer and director