Sunday, January 2, 2011

Chiantishire, THE CHIANTI REGION...

J'envoie ce vidéo a tout mes amis a chaque année pour noël, hilarant ...




Chiantishire - Tuscany...






"Chiantishire" is an area in central Tuscany, the exact boundaries of this beautiful part of Tuscany are unclear, but with Chianti at it's centre it stretches in a wide band from Florence in the north to Siena in the south. It is the landscape here that epitomises our image of Tuscany, and indeed Italy itself. The rolling hills, cypress trees, vineyards, medieval towns, sunflowers and stone houses glowing in the rose coloured evening light appear on postcards, photographs and paintings around the world.




Of course, the one thing that this area is really famous for is its wine, the red Chianti wine perhaps being the most famous of all. This wine is made mainly from Sangiovese grapes (at least 80% or it will not qualify) and was traditionally bottled in a fiasco, a rounded bottled half covered in straw. Many other well known Tuscan wines, both red and white, come from this area and are exported to many parts of the world.



FAMOUS PERSONAGES... 

Lived in Chianti: in 1480 was born Giovanni da Verrazzano, he was the navigator who in 1524 discovered the New York Bay and the mouth of the Hudson; also Amerigo Vespucci was born in Montefioralle; 1503 Leonardo started in Vignamaggio with painting the Monnalisa; in 1513 Niccolò Machiavelli retired into his house in Sant’Andrea in Percussina and there wrote “il Principe”; Galileo Galilei had inherited a farm in Chianti and liked his wine; Michelangelo Buonarroti - who was familiar with the region because he probably had inspected it for Florence - during the old age bought through his nephew houses and farms there; Francesco Ferrucci – before defending Florence – had been podestà of Radda. The history of the human events intertwists the history of wine: Francesco Redi celebrated it in “Bacco in Toscana”, Michelangelo presented it to the Pope.


There's a magical quality to this little corner of Tuscany, my wife and I fell in love with Siena and Florence and the countryside is breathtaking...



Autumn in Chiantishire by Any.colour.you.like


Chiantishire is famous for its renown wine and Montalcino (the Brunello di Montalcino is counted among the most prestigious of Italian wines).




The Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy's most important and prestigious wines The grapes are grown within the hillsides of the township of Montalcino (Siena). Grapes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso. Vinification: medium-length steeping on the skins, with temperature-controlled fermentation. Finishing: three years in Slovenian oak barrels, followed by a bottle aging period of at least six months in temperature controlled cellars. Color: intense ruby red, with pale pomegranate highlights. Bouquet: decisive, fine, broad and lingering with hints of vanilla, cherry, raspberry, and licorice. Flavor: dry, warm, smooth, well textured and lingering on the palate. Alcohol: 13.50% by volume. Serving temperature: 18-20°C, 64-68°F, in a decanter. Gastronomy: great wine with roasts, grilled meats, wild game, and elaborate dishes like our Veal Scaloppine with Lemon, as well as rare T-bone steaks (BISTECCA FIORENTINA). It can also be served alone, as a "reflection" wine.

Brunello is a wine that is made with the Brunello clone of the sangiovese grape a classic grape of Italy Brunello wines are aged in oak and often need to age for a while to release those tannins. There are three types of brunello wines: Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.




Une jeune femme en chemise d’homme ample, à peine entrouverte...

Le noir et blanc adoucit le trait, oui elle est douce et pudique, féline, pour moi elle est symbole de :

Force et Fragilité,
Innocence et Sensualité
Beauté et Humilité,
Élégance et Simplicité...
L'Avenir

Belle et Bonne Année 2012

Antonio (Chef Tony)