A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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WINE OF THE MONTH: Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Rosso di Montalcino ’04 ($20)

June 26th, 2006

Although I enjoy Italian wines all year long, I especially love them during the summer. This Rosso di Montalcino is filled with berries, is fresh and bright, and has an acidity typical of the wines from Tuscany. Montalcino is the area of Tuscany known for Brunello, one of Italy’s most revered wines. The Rosso from this area is made of the same Sangiovese Grosso grapes, but only aged in oak for one year compared to Brunello’s 3 years. Although Brunello may be more famous, I think the Rosso is a much better buy, and who wants an overly complex red wine during the summer anyway? Ciacci is a good producer, and this wine is just delicious. But don’t fret if you can’t find this producer, seek out another good Brunello producer and odds are that the Rosso will be great also.

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