Tuscan Whites are traditionally made from the Vernaccia di San Gimignano grape. The two wines I will be music matching today represent the traditional and a “Super”Tuscan made from the ubiquitous Chardonnay grape. Azienda Agricola Colognole has planted Chardonnay grapes in their fertile Tuscan vineyards – eschewing traditional techniques and concocting a mature, and sensual wine that could be best paired with some Barry White, candlelight evenings and a bear-skin rug lying in front of a smouldering fireplace. For this Toscana IGT Quattro Chiacchiere 2004 the first notes open up with an intimate narration before the orchestra and and the rhythm section kick in. Visually this wine was on the slightly opaque range, at least in terms of white wine. By the way, thanks to wine specialist Manon Chalifoux from the SAQ for this musical suggestion.
Back to the traditional side Panizzi produces their Vernaccia Di San Gimignano DOCG Vigna Santa Margherita. It spent 5 months in barrel and developed some vanilla notes. Whereas the Barry White Chardonnay carried gusto and swagger, this wine wafted quiet confidence of a Paul Desmond Saxophone melody. Wispy and straw like in colour, the fermentation “sur lys” creates a noble yet accessible link to the years of the great renaissance.
Whenever somebody asks you what a Super Tuscan, don’t just jump into the default of example of Sangiovese Vs. Cabernet Sauvignon. The whites of Tuscany offer just as compelling story, and the best excuse to dust off your Barry White albums since Ally McBeal.
Let me know what wine you would match with this music.