ImpressiveThe clouds parting after a quick summer shower at Monteraponi.

I learned a new sommelier-geeky-wine word this past week for an aroma we all know and love.  “Petrichor” the name for the scent of fresh rain.  The word was coined in 1964 by researchers I.J. Bear and R.G. Thomas.  It is a combination of the ancient Greek word petro (rock or stone) and  ichor (the fluid that is supposed to flow in the veins of the gods of Greek mythology.  Poetic.  Appropriate.

Chianti Classico

It could have been the time and place- the ancient stone buildings, the passing rain, the warmly lit rooms of Monteraponi– but I swear this bottle of Chianti Classico had a little bit of petrichor enchantment.  Clean, mineral, and whispering of something venerable and carefully well-preserved.  Magic.


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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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