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Tenuta di Ghizzano- Il Ghizzano 2016

Smells of tart cherries and currants. This wine smells incredible lasts long and very pungent. The color is burgundy and is elegant. Off the sip this wine takes your regular wine experience away. Medium body with tremendous flavor. Tannin is prevalent with backdrop of currant. First ever organic wine.

My rating: 93/100

About Tenuta di Ghizzano:

The Venerosi Pesciolini family settled in the upcoming and esoteric Colline Pisane area near Pisa in the 14th century. For 26 generations, the family has been growing vines, olive trees, and cereals with a deep respect for tradition and terroir. Since 1996 Countess Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini has run the estate, continuing the tradition of award-winning wines. Tenuta di Ghizzano became certified organic in 2003 and has employed biodynamic principles since 2006. 

Our aim is to keep investing in biodynamic agriculture and viticulture to offer the market limited quantities of outstandingly high-quality products, reflecting the inherent characteristics offered by these gentle hills. Respect for nature, the place that sustains us and the people that live and work here; these are the principles that our family has always observed in its management of the Tenuta di Ghizzano estate and has handed down through the generations.”  — Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, Winemaker and Proprietor 

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Wines

Wethos 2014

Beautiful purple color when poured. Legs are prominent on the sides when stirred. The smell is very prevalent with oak and currant followed with the right amount of spiciness. This wine makes you want to close your eyes and be transported to another location. Long lasting and pungent. Flavor complexity is insane for this wine. Tannin lasting on the palate with a incorporated dry mouth feel. One great wine. Highly recommend.

My rating: 96/100

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Dante

Dante’s Inferno: Canto 17; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Art. Geryon

Writing title: Dante’s Inferno
Canto: Canto 17; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Art. Geryon

Artwork: Salvador Dali

Canto 17 summary:

The monstrous shape lands on the brink and Virgil salutes it ironically. It is GERYON, the MONSTER OF FRAUD. Virgil announces that they must fly down from the cliff on the back of this monster. While Virgil negotiates for their passage, Dante is sent to examine the USURERS (The Violent against Art). These sinners sit in a crouch along the edge of the burning plain that approaches the cliff. Each of them has a leather purse around his neck, and each purse is blazoned with a coat of arms. Their eyes, gushing with tears, are forever fixed on these purses. Dante recognizes none of these sinners, but their coats of arms are unmistakably those of well-known Florentine families. Having understood who they are and the reason for their present condition, Dante cuts short his excursion and returns to find Virgil mounted on the back of Geryon. Dante joins his Master and they fly down from the great cliff. Their flight carries them from the Hell of the VIOLENT AND THE BESTIAL (The Sins of the Lion) into the Hell of the FRAUDULENT AND MALICIOUS (The Sins of the Leopard).


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Spirits

Montanaro – Vermouth Di Torino Rosso


Country: Italy

Category: Vermouth

Region: Torino

Degree of alcohol: 16%

My review:

Liquorice flavor and scent. Very pungent scent with thick and lightweight molasses flavor . Anise flavor is strong for back drop flavor and long lasting on the palate. Super enjoyable for last drink and having with dessert.

My rating: 90/100


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Winemaker Notes

Made with 15% marsala as part of the base, look for a plummy aroma accented by a dried-herb note. Mouthwateringly tart, the palate evokes black cherry preserves and damson plum, finishing bitter with a dab of dried apricot.


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Dante

Dante’s Inferno: Canto 16; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Nature and Art

Writing title: Dante’s Inferno
Canto: Canto 16; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Nature and Art

Artwork: Salvador Dali

Canto 16 summary:

The Poets arrive within hearing of the waterfall that plunges over the GREAT CLIFF into the EIGHTH CIRCLE. The sound is still a distant throbbing when three wraiths, recognizing Dante’s Florentine dress, detach themselves from their band and come running toward him. They are JACOPO RUSTICUCCl, GUIDO GUERRA, and TEGGHIAIO ALDOBRANDI, all of them Florentines whose policies and personalities Dante admired. Rusticucci and Tegghiaio have already been mentioned in a highly complimentary way in Dante’s talk with Ciacco (Canto VI). The sinners ask for news of Florence, and Dante replies with a passionate lament for her present degradation. The three wraiths return to their band and the Poets continue to the top of the falls. Here, at Virgil’s command, Dante removes a CORD from about his waist and Virgil drops it over the edge of the abyss. As if in answer to a signal, a great distorted shape comes swimming up through the dirty air of the pit.


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Dante

Dante’s Inferno: Canto 15; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Nature

Writing title: Dante’s Inferno
Canto: Canto 15; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Nature

Artwork: Salvador Dali

Canto 15 summary:

Protected by the marvelous powers of the boiling rill, the Poets walk along its banks across the burning plain. The WOOD OF THE SUICIDES is behind them; the GREAT CLIFF at whose foot lies the EIGHTH CIRCLE is before them. They pass one of the roving bands of SODOMITES. One of the sinners stops Dante, and with great difficulty the Poet recognizes him under his baked features as SER BRUNETTO LATINO. This is a reunion with a dearly-loved man and writer, one who had considerably influenced Dante’s own development, and Dante addresses him with great and sorrowful affection, paying him the highest tribute offered to any sinner in the Inferno. BRUNETTO prophesies Dante’s sufferings at the hands of the Florentines, gives an account of the souls that move with him through the fire, and finally, under Divine Compulsion, races off across the plain.


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food

ALINEA SPRING TASTING MENU

MENU:

Blis Char Roe:
Cantaloupe Melon • Champagne • Lime

Chilled Carrot Soup:
Cardamon • Pineapple • Coconut

Poached Atlantic Scallops:
Vermouth • English Peas • Smoked Ham • Spring Floral Aroma

Prime Beef Short Rib:
Granny Smith Apple • Horseradish • Celery

Sweet Garlic Corn Orzo:
Spring Onions • Lemon • Mascarpone

Roasted Mushrooms:
Zucchini • Pistachios • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Herb Vinaigrette

Dark Chocolate On Your Table:
Tropical Fruits • Peanuts • Vanilla


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Dante

Dante’s Inferno: Canto 14; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against God, Nature, and Art

Writing title: Dante’s Inferno
Canto: Canto 14; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against God, Nature, and Art

Artwork: Salvador Dali

Canto 14 summary:

Dante, in pity, restores the torn leaves to the soul of his countryman and the Poets move on to the next round, a great PLAIN OF BURNING SAND upon which there descends an eternal slow RAIN OF FIRE. Here, scorched by fire from above and below, are three classes of sinners suffering differing degrees of exposure to the fire. The BLASPHEMERS (The Violent against God) are stretched supine upon the sand, the SODOMITES (The Violent against Nature) run in endless circles, and the USURERS (The Violent against Art, which is the Grandchild of God) huddle on the sands. The Poets find CAPANEUS stretched out on the sands, the chief sinner of that place. He is still blaspheming God. They continue along the edge of the Wood of the Suicides and come to a blood-red rill which flows boiling from the Wood and crosses the burning plain. Virgil explains the miraculous power of its waters and discourses on the OLD MAN OF CRETE and the origin of all the rivers of Hell. The symbolism of the burning plain is obviously centered in sterility (the desert image) and wrath (the fire image). Blasphemy, sodomy, and usury are all unnatural and sterile actions: thus the unbearing desert is the eternity of these sinners; and thus the rain, which in nature should be fertile and cool, descends as fire. Capaneus, moreover, is subjected not only to the wrath of nature (the sands below) and the wrath of God (the fire from above), but is tortured most by his own inner violence, which is the root of blasphemy.


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Dante

Dante’s Inferno: Canto 13; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Two The Violent Against Themselves

Writing title: Dante’s Inferno
Canto: Canto 13; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Two The Violent Against Themselves

Artwork: Salvador Dali

Canto 13 summary:

Nessus carries the Poets across the river of boiling blood and leaves them in the Second Round of the Seventh Circle, THE WOOD OF THE SUICIDES. Here are punished those who destroyed their own lives and those who destroyed their substance. The souls of the Suicides are encased in thorny trees whose leaves are eaten by the odious HARPIES, the overseers of these damned. When the Harpies feed upon them, damaging their leaves and limbs, the wound bleeds. Only as long as the blood flows are the souls of the trees able to speak. Thus, they who destroyed their own bodies are denied a human form; and just as the supreme expression of their lives was self-destruction, so they are permitted to speak only through that which tears and destroys them. Only through their own blood do they find voice. And to add one more dimension to the symbolism, it is the Harpies—defilers of all they touch—who give them their eternally recurring wounds. The Poets pause before one tree and speak with the soul of PIER DELLE VIGNE. In the same wood they see JACOMO DA SANT’ANDREA, and LANO DA SIENA, two famous SQUANDERERS and DESTROYERS OF GOODS pursued by a pack of savage hounds. The hounds overtake SANT ANDREA, tear him to pieces and go off carrying his limbs in their teeth, a self-evident symbolic retribution for the violence with which these sinners destroyed their substance in the world. After this scene of horror, Dante speaks to an UNKNOWN FLORENTINE SUICIDE whose soul is inside the bush which was torn by the hound pack when it leaped upon Sant’Andrea.