This week Vino honors one of its favorite producers, Guido Gualandi.
Archaeologist, painter, musician and winemaker, the multi-talented Gualandi is one of the most interesting producers to emerge from the Montespertoli subzone of Chianti in recent memory.
Mention of the Gualandi family and the Gualandi knights, originally of Pisa, dates back to the 13th century and beyond. The Gualandi tower in Pisa was the setting for one of the most famous episodes in Dante’s Divine Comedy (the story of Ugolino della Gherardesca). The cellar where Guido makes his wine once belonged to another Renaissance man, Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540), one of Italy’s greatest statesmen and historians, and close friend of Niccolò Machiavelli.
All of Guido’s wines are made using 100% natural vinification: no herbicides or pesticides are used in the vineyard, only organic fertilizers are used and fermentation is carried out without temperature control in a cellar where wine has been made for more than 500 years.
Guido Gualandi will be pouring a selection of his wines at a special Tuscan dinner at I Trulli on Monday, May 12. In anticipation of this event, this Friday you can taste his popular Galante 2006, a blend of historical Tuscan grapes including Sangiovese, Colorino, Pugnitello and Foglia Tonda.
FREE Guido Gualandi Tasting
Friday, May 9, 5:30pm
Vino, 121 East 27th Street
There is no need to call and reserve, but for more information is available by contacting (212) 725-6516 or visiting our website, www.vinosite.com.