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Every Little Sip You Take: 4 Surprising Facts About Sting’s Wine Estate

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Whether you are a fan of Sting and the Police or not, there is a wine that you will be a fan of. Sting’s Tuscan estate Il Palagio is home to the production of one of the best wines in Italy. So, what is the wine about and where can you get it? Here are some facts about Sting’s Tuscan wine that will surprise you:

An Estate That Sting Bought Fifty Years Ago and Lives at With His Family

Fifteen years ago, Sting bought an estate in the rolling Tuscan hills, which is home to a 15-century villa and more than 900 acres of pristine vineyards, orchards and forests. It is also where he lives with his family when he is not on tour.

The Fine Grapes That Are Grown at Stings Estate to Make Wine

There are several different types of grapes that are grown on the estate, which are used in several different wines produces on the estate. Several of these wines carry names of his hit songs including:

• Sister Moon
• Massage in a Bottle
• When We Dance

The first of these, Sister Moon is a wine that has been recognized by experts around the world as one of the finest Italian wines today.

American And Tuscan Wine Experts Contributed to The Development of Stings Wine

The wines produced on Sting’s estate have been developed by wine experts from Tuscany and the United States of America. These are wines that were developed using some of the grape varieties that are important to the Tuscan wine region, such as Sangiovese and Brunello di Montalcino.

The Centuries-Old Estate Produces A Lot More Than Just Fine Wine

In addition to the wine that is produced by the centuries-old vineyards, it is also home to the production of organic produce, oils and honey. So, for honey glazed ham dinner, you may want to try using Sting’s organic honey and pairing it with a bottle of Sister Moon.

These are some of the facts about Sting’s wine that will surprise you. If you want to try Sting’s fine Tuscan wine, it can be found right here on Uvinum.

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Il Palagio Sting Message In A Bottle Bianco 2016 is a dedication to the pop hit of musician and winemaker Sting. 

 

 

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Il Palagio Sting Chianti When We Dance 2016: A red wine from the region of Chianti produced with Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo from the 2016 vintage. 

 

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Il Palagio Sting Sister Moon 2013 is a delicious red Tuscan wine named after Sting’s famous world hit “Sister Moon”. 

300 years with Chianti: how has it aged?

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Chianti, wine from the region of Tuscany in Florence, the first protected wine region in the world, greets its 300 years anniversary in good shape. Because of this celebration, there are various events in the region and in Florence capital you will find tastings and presentations.

The truth is that the Chianti wine, has varying degrees of quality. It is widespread in Italy, and also in other countries. Currently, and to distinguish it from other types, the Chianti Classico reinvents itself and its producers have created a new category: Gran Selezione, high quality, at a higher price, and to diminish the bad reputation that some have given the chianti.

Currently, this area covers 70,000 hectares and produces 35 million bottles a year of the wine called Chianti Classico. About 80% of production is exported to a hundred different countries.

It is noteworthy that the ordinary Chianti occurs throughout the whole region of Tuscany, while the Chianti Classico, since 2010 and by law, can only be produced in a strip of land between Florence and Siena, which has 7,000 hectares of vineyards.

In all these years of chianti, more significant events include increasing exports.Chinese and other powerful worldwide business groups have collaborated with some of the wineries in chianti production. This does not diminish the importance of traditional wineries, which are many, that during these years of history have supported and protected the quality of chianti as one of the best-known products of Italy.

Famous people and known gallery owners have purchased wineries in this area. Maybe it is the attracting charm of the wonderful Tuscany or maybe it is the extolling virtues of this wine.

Some producers go further and recognise that the future is the ecological and biodynamic cultivation, such as Querciabella, which are produced without chemical fertilisers or pesticides, according to biodynamic principles.

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Ruffino Chianti 2015

 

 

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Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2012

 

 

What they mean when they talk about Super Tuscan Wine?

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The term “Super Tuscan” originated in the 1980s to describe a mix of Tuscan reds. What makes “Super Tuscan” a wine, unlike other Tuscan wines, is the use of non-indigenous grapes.

Super Tuscan wines differ from the Tuscan ones since they can be made from other different grapes than Sangiovese, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

The creation of super Tuscan wines was the result of blending unauthorized varieties in order to achieve high quality wines, which were labelled as table wine or “vino da tavola”. Since the 1970s the Tuscan producers began to develop this new wine.

The legal system finally gave up in 1992 by creating IGT (Typical Geographical Indication), a new designation that gave oenologists the ability to be more creative in their elaborations and launch to the market wine with a higher level of quality than a table wine.

The most famous Super Tuscan wine is called “Tignanello”, and was created by the Marquis Piero Antinori in 1971. This was the first Super Tuscan wine and is made with a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. After the release of Tignanello, other producers imitated Antinori and embraced the task of creating wines with these mixtures.

Although the first two super Tuscan were born in Bolgheri and the Chianti Classico area, they now have spread to all areas of Tuscany: Chianti Classico and other Chianti subzones, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Bolgheri, Carmignano and Montecarlo. In areas such as Chianti, super Tuscans have become the cellars’ most important wines.

Super Tuscan wines are fine and highly rated wines. Some well-known in the world are: Sassicaia di Tenuta San Guido (developed by Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta) and Gaja, from Felsina, among others.

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Tignanello 2011: a red wine from Tuscany DO of Antinori cellar with cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc of 2011 and 14º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Brancaia Tre 2012 is a red wine with Tuscany DO based on the best of cabernet sauvignon and merlot from 2012.

 

Tell me what movie you like and I’ll tell you what wine you should drink

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If you are a wine and cinema lover, you’d probably already discovered some films related to the world of wine that filled you with joy and made you feel completely identified. In fact, since cinema is as a good universal symbol, there are all kinds of films having wine as a background, protagonist or theme.

Here are some of our suggestions:

1. A Good Year: This film released in 2006 tells the story of Max Skinner, an investor who inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence. When he visits it, memories of his childhood and family traditions revive, and he also meets a woman who will change his perception of life.

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Miraval Côtes de Provence Blanc 2012 is a French wine from the Provence, the region in which it develops A Good Year.

 

2. The Grapes of Wrath: This film is an adaptation of the novel of the same title written by John Steinbeck, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for this work. It tells the life of Tom Joad, his exodus, that of his family and other California wine producers because of the Great Depression in the United States in 1929.

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This Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection could be one of the wines that were harvested in those years when the dust covered everything. On this occasion, we selected it because of its undeniable connection with the world of cinema.

 

3. Sideways: This Oscar winning film is an adaptation of the novel by Rex Pickett, entitled Sideways. It tells the story of a couple of men with opposite personalities that make a trip to the Santa Barbara vineyards.

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Will this 4 Hands Hot To Trot White Blend 2012 up to the roof of the protagonists of this already classic road movie?1

 

 

4. Autumn Tale: Two friends decide to move to Provence; one of them wants to get a partner for the other friend and uses the classified ads for that purpose.

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Chateau de Pibarnon 2008 Château de Pibarnon 2007 is also harvested in the idyllic land of Provence. What this region has to be one of the busiest scenarios of cinema?

 

5. Corked: This mockumentary is the story of 4 different wineries in California, looking to get the attention of a critic while he visits the area.

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In ?Tinseltown? they take advantage to elevate the nearest wine areas, such as California. This Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 is also a Californian wine.

 

6. A Walk in the Clouds: This romantic movie starring Keanu Reeves tells the story of a couple who falls in the vineyards at harvest time.

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This list could not miss Tuscany, the land of which Castello Banfi Rosso Di Montalcino 2012 is a good example.

 

7. Mondovino: This documentary by sommelier and filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter covers the issue of loss of identity of large transnational corporations over small winemakers and family wineries.

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Lafou Els Amelers Blanc 2013 is a wine produced by a family who works the land in La Terra Alta, an example of small scale winemaking.

 

 

8. You Will Be My Son: This is the story of Paul Marceaul, owner of the known vineyard Saint Emilion. This man is passionate oenologist that does not sees his son as a worthy successor to perpetuate the tradition of the family business.

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Château Dassault 2010 is a wine with Saint-Emilion appellation, the scenario that hosts this film.

 

 

9. Red Obsession: This documentary narrated by Russel Crowe compiles a series of interviews with various wine producers and resellers, as well as wine experts, to analyze the Chinese market demand.

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Habla del Silencio 2011 certainly will like any wine consumer in China, where imports of Spanish wine has grown markedly in recent years.

 

 

So, for you, what are the best wine-related movies or series? Do you agree with our selection?