Maybe I’d hate to see that tiny little plot of odd vines uprooted to make room for more really excellent Merlot. The preservation of the good of a few over achieving the best good of the many? Maybe, but Americans long ago decided that diversity is good for everyone.
One of the youngest wine industries in the world is a short drive away from the world’s oldest known wine cellar.
The Gran Selezione wines are, above all, supposed to represent the height of quality within each estate.
In the summer of 2000, an agronomist consultant called Claudio Oliboni was checking some vineyards in a little place called Spigamonti. Within the rows of corvina, corvinone, rondinella and molinara, Oliboni noticed that some bunches of grapes were already deeply colored, while others were still unripe.
According to legend, in the early 1200s, it was decided how the borders of Chianti would be settled. Two horseman should set off at cock’s crow on a designated day, and the boundary would be set where they met.