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Taste: Foodie Event in Florence in March


Another great foodie event in Florence!!

From 12th to 14th March 2011, at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, Pitti Immagine check out Taste a foodie extravaganza officially dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles.

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Why not turn this event into a foodie weekend, let us know and we will find the perfect hotel and suggest a few great excursions out into the Tuscan countryside just to top it off!


Gourmet Orienteering – The Treasure Hunt full of Flavor


Entertainment and teambuilding while in contact with nature

The intense emotions of a contest and the delicious taste of unique and genuine flavors

A game of ability, speed, intelligence and use of the senses

Innovative Teambuilding activity- planning and executing together as a team creates a new bond

How does Gourmet Orienteering work?

The Le Baccanti Orienteering Leader introduces the game and explains the rules of Gourmet Orienteering. The participants then set off, with all the materials they will need in hand, on a route set up for them by our Orienteering experts. The search for clues and delicious ”treasures” make the game fun and exciting as participants race against the clock and the other teams to win!

Why choose Gourmet Orienteering for your next Corporate Teambuilding?

We highly recommend this unique, hands-on game that gets participants outside, exploring and getting to know the local area and tasting the local products. This is a rich, sensory experience that creates a special team bond as participants have to rely on each other to find the next stop on their route while getting to taste the local delicacies. The polar opposite of those stuffy boardroom experiences – this is vivid, hands-on and an experience no one will forget.

Where does Gourmet Orienteering take place?

The hills of Chianti or other location in the beautiful Tuscan countryside is the perfect setting for this simply scrumptious activity. However, our Orienteering team can custom design an itinerary for any countryside location, quaint hilltop village, or even bustling city like Florence or Rome!


Those little big wines from Maremma


Those little big wines from Maremma

By Filippo Bartolotta

Yesterday started my first tasting of wines from Maremma and tonight there’s going to be an even bigger one as I will introduce them all.

I am very proud of these active wine makers mostly from Maremma. They got their act together and started to promote their land and their products with a lot of energy, pride and passion. This time they came all the way to New York to showcase their products.


I wish them good luck. I’ll do my best to educated trade and consumers on these less known wines of Tuscany.

Maremma is a very extensive area in the south west of Tuscany, stretching from 0 to 1.700 m. a.s.l.

You can then imagine how different the soils and orographic conditions can be. Nonetheless there are some common denominators which can be found.

For a start the influence of the sea and the amount of sunlight is higher then other areas of Tuscany.

Then the Mount Amiata, an extinct volcano protect with it 1700 meters of hight the whole area from the Northern East winds making the area pretty dry.

Then I would say that Sangiovese can be considered here, like in most areas of Tuscany the king.

Starting from the North there’s the Montecucco DOC. Very young appellation which ha 6 wine makers in 2000 with a few thousand bottles and now boost a 2,5 million bottles with over 70 wineries and 500 ha of vine. The soil here tend to be quite clayish and tough and the really hot summers are mitigated by the altitude. The wines as a result tend to have generous fruit but also good tannic structure to support it. Some are made 100% sangiovese, other blended with local ciliegiolo to add up fruit and color or some international varieties to smooth out the sangiovese kick. The Riserva must age for at least two years but it isn’t uncommon to come across four years of aging.

Going SouthWest there’s Morellino di Scansano Docg. An old appellation started in 1978 which became the most wanted Italian Red during the late 90’s beginning of the 2000’s. Smoother soils then Montecucco with loads of red fruit and smooth mediterranean herbs action Morellino can go from the simplest Red to the most ambitious structured versions with the Riserva.

In the last 15 years the vine area has increased over 500% and now there’s a good 7 million bottles produced in the area.


The going South East from Montecucco there’s Monteregio di Massa Marittima Doc. This is a smaller DOC which can produce some pretty mineral and robust Red thanks to the Colline Metallifere area. The soil here is reach in minerals which contribute to make these wines quite interesting. Still looking for a proper stylistic definition there’s a broad spectrum of Reds and Whites.


One interesting more tufaceous soil little area in the Jerusalem of Tuscany -Pitigliano- is the Sovana DOC.

Here there a lot of very ripe style Sangiovese and ciliegiolo or some pretty mineral Trebbiano, but also a lot of dilute style whites and reds.

The Wine Town Wine selection

2006 Az. Agr. Villa Patrizia Doc Morellino di Scansano Riserva “Le Valentane”

This is a Brunello style Morellino produced by one of the historical firms in Scansano. Very leather Sangiovese with a licorice complexity, austerity and good tannic grip.

2007 ColleMassari Doc Montecucco Sangiovese Riserva “Lombrone”

100% Sangiovese from a hot vintage. Very modern and balanced wine with nice black fruit and a full bodied style.

2009 Tenuta di Montecucco Doc Montecucco Rosso “Passonaia”

Blend of Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo with an extremely fruit driven nose and palate. Simple but juicy.

2009 Tenuta Rocca di Montemassi IGT Maremma Toscana Rocca di Montemassi

The most “Californian” one of all. A four varietal blend super charged luscious cinnamon, chocolate and cloves taste.

Villa Calcinaia 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Bastignano

Single cru austere and generous red fruit Sangiovese with some tannic action and length.

Coevo 2007 Cecchi

The new Super Tuscan with classic elegant Sangiovese and Cabernet blend with a Petit Verdot ad Merlot fruit twist.

Il Borro 2007 Ferragamo

Very round and smooth Merlot/Cab/Syrah/Petit Verdot  Super Tuscan from the hills of Arezzo. Nice black currant fruit

Az. Agr. Montauto di Lepri Riccardo Igt Maremma Toscana “Enos I” 2010

This is an unusually mineral Tuscan Coast Sauvignon Blanc: very crisp/mineral crunchy fruit. Good length.

Az. Agr. Palmoletino Doc Montecucco Rosso “Scarafone” 2009

Really smooth and juicy red currant style Sangiovese with a pleasant purity. Not overly complex but delicious.

Az. Agr. Podere il Poggio Doc Montecucco Sangiovese “Sass’alSole” 2008

Super young winery with this very clean and pleasant highly drinkable Sangiovese which will please most palates.

Cantina Vignaioli del Morellino di Scansano Docg Morellino di Scansano “Sicomoro” 2007

A rather spicy and ambitious Morellino with some oak tannic presence and a leathery finish.

Cantine Ruffo di Colle Petruccio Doc Montecucco Rosso “Ruffo di Ruffo” 2009


Civettaio Doc Montecucco Sangiovese “Civettaio” 2007

Rally nice Sangiovese with a very delicate red cherry and violets nose and smooth mineral touch on the palate.

Fattoria San Felo Docg Morellino di Scansano “San Felo” 2009

A modern blend of Morellino di Scansano with some green pepper Cab action and a earthy finish.

Morellino di Scansano Docg “Diamante Vini” 2009

Simple red fruit and a light body with some peppery notes.

Podere Ristella Igt Maremma Toscana “Vermentino” 2010

Nice with peach fruit with a round and creamy palate  and a refreshing lime and apple finish.

Poderi Firenze – Arcidosso 2008 Doc Montecucco Rosso “Sottocasa”

A very simple and smoothly made wine with lovely fruit, refreshing on the palate and well interpreted tannic profile.

Poggio Mandorlo 2007 Igt Maremma Toscana “Poggio Mandorlo”

Richly extracted red which doesn’t compromise with drinkability though. Clean baclberries and licorice.

Az. Vitivinicola Villa Corano Igt Maremma Toscana Bianco Vendemmia tardiva “Gaudium” 2010

Sweet-non sweet wine made from Malvasia di Candia by a very nice family run estate. Dry apricots and lychess.


Italy at Your Table goes to Washington D.C.


Italy at Your Table goes to Washington D.C.

by Filippo Bartolotta

Leaving the Big Apple is never easy. On my last day I caught up with Miriam and her “future husband” for a China Town Dim Sum lunch. Miriam has being traveling with LeBaccanti in a couple of trips: Amarone Tour, Friuli and a Truffle Hunt in Barolo Land. Miriam and her mum are some of the most adventurous eaters I ever met. Dim Sum is China Town is very comfort-food and we decide to go for it.

Then we take a stroll towards Chambers Street to check some Italian Wines and Benedetta and I head off for an Italy at Your Table event on the Upper West Side with George and Chris “the Aussie Surgeons” and the wine platoon friends.

In a miserable rainy New York city day, it’s great to recover in a warm beautiful New York house.

Kathy, the dog, greats us with a big smile and I start the wine operations while waiting for George and Chris to turn up.

But sure enough George opens the door and we start immediately to decide together the order of the wine tasting.

We had out 12 golden Italian Fine Wines from italy at your table to have guests traveling from the Lower East Side -even better from Brooklyn-  that is Modica in Sicily to The Upper West Side -that is the foot hills of the Mount Rosa Alps!

The Italy at Your Table Selection is available at Italian Wine Merchants. Collectors may purchase just a few bottles or the full ItalyatYourTable case of: Bellavista, Graziano Pra, Romano Dal Forno, Luciano Sandrone, Proprietà Sperino, Castello di Romitorio, Isole e Olena, Fattoria delle Ripalte, Fontodi, Feudi di San Gregorio, Petra and Arnaldo Caprai; then Modica chocolate Bonajuto, the Gran Deposito Aceto Balsamico Giuseppe Giusti and Galleria Frilli art works.

What a wonderful night that was finishing with a last glass on the roof terrace overlooking New York city.

As mentioned it was a little bit sad leaving New York so we made sure to have say good-bye with a wonderful Magnolia Bakery pink cheese cake, which chef Luciano Zazzeri loved!

I also have to say how wonderful our friends and partners Italian Wine merchants have being looking after us and giving us a wonderful office space to work, making us feel home while away.

Some more accounts on the New York pit stop will get there soon with the Dinner at AJ’s with Luciano Zazzeri as the Chef!

Meanwhile though we are already in Washington DC for our second year helping raising money for the Marhta’s Table Charity! This is a great honor for  us as not only we get to help for a great cause, but we also get to spend time with the best people in town. Starting with Joan Nathan who is the true engine behind the scene, in the next few days I’ll introduce you to the whole Martha’s table team.

Italy at Your Table is here to pair our Italian Fine Wine and Food selection to the 14 menus of the 14 houses which hosts the fund raising dinner event.

Alice Waters, Joan Nathan and Josè Andres have being putting their minds together to Benefi Martha’s Table & D.C. Central Kichen.

LeBaccanti Tours has offered to match all the menus with our products.

Last night I started to do my first event at Equinox where I held a tasting for chefs, journalists and press to talk about the matching food and wine of this great event.

Joan Nathan and Filippo Bartolotta

Meeting at Nora’s for some more wine chats!

Catching up again with Sanders, the head of the volunteers getting ready to deliver the wines and foods at the 14 houses:

Full details of the D.C. Charity will be soon disclosed, now I have to go or lunch…