May ’15 – Castello Banfi & Tuscany

Hosted by Brian Connors and Sarah Brownell of Cru Artisan Wines

The club was grace with the Highly Knowledgeable Wine Legend Brian Connor and one of Castello Banfi’s Brand Ambassadors, Sarah Brownell. Both are Certified Master Sommeliers.   They have battled the arduous path to get these certifications so our club can learn it in just a few hours for the cram course.  Just kidding, their certifications are not easy to come by, which made me remember when I was taking the Boards.  20150512_202415

Jeff warms the red sauced based Italian dishes. Brian Connors begins his Italian tour. He is tall and slender. His slicked-to-the-side hair gives the appearance that he was one of “The Outsiders”.  He lectures on the classifications, his personal experiences, archeological findings and the length of time Italians take to classify a wine.   I suggest you hunt him down and get a chance to talk wine with him.  He can keep a conversation about wine interesting for quite some time.

Brian introduced Sarah.  She is professionally dressed and has a look of knowledge. Sitting in the chair, she tells us about how Castelo Banfi makes outstanding wines. Castello Banfi (CB) needs no introduction as they produce some of the popular wines from Tuscany. CB has patented a new wine making process that captures the pure essence of the sangiovese grape quality. The Banfi Family is a successful wine making family, but they are consistently reinvesting their profits in pursuit of the highest quality wines to be made.20150512_214433

2013 Rosso di Montalcino

2012 Poggio Alle Mura Rosso Di Montalcino DOC

2010 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2009 Poggio Alle Mura Brunello De Montalcino DOCG

All the wines expressed high quality. I have been drinking Castello Banfi since 2001 in their restaurant. and a staple of Tuscany’s superb grapes.




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