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How to donate to earthquake relief efforts in Italy

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A 6.2 earthquake struck Central Italy yesterday, claiming at least 241 lives and devastating some of the region’s most famous hilltop villages.

Here’s how to donate to relief efforts:

Ammado is the official micro-donation platform for the Italian Red Cross.

Here’s the link for donations to the Italian Red Cross and earthquake relief efforts. Donations can be made using a credit card and don’t require an Italian social security number (Italian micro-donation channels require one).

Here’s a link to information on what the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is doing on the ground in central Italy to aid recovery.

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Isole e Olena is “a powerhouse” (Galloni): SUPER TUSCAN WINE DINNER TONIGHT

About the 2011 Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon, which will be served tonight (just a few seats left!):

96+ points Antonio Galloni
95 points James Suckling

The grapes for this wine are grown on the Isole e Olena estate’s 49 hectares of vineyards, five of which are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards face southwest and are situated on the Western boarder of the Chianti Classico zone, approximately 350-400 meters above sea level. 100% barrel aged: 40% new oak (French and 20% American) for 24 months.

Please click here for Chef Harvey’s menu and the wines.

The Wines of Isole e Olena
top-rated Super Tuscans
Wednesday, August 24
6:30 p.m.
with a tasting menu
created especially
by Chef Harvey Harris
$89 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.

With same horse and jockey, the Lupa wins the Palio again in 2016!

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This week, the Contrada (or ward) of the Lupa (She Wolf) won the Palio di Siena, the famous horse race held twice each year in Siena.

With the same horse and the same jockey, the Lupa was once again the first ward to cross the finish line in the same year.

This hasn’t happened since 1933!

Locally, they call this a cappotto meaning a mantle, as in a sleeveless coat.

Click here to see the Lupa win the July 2, 2016 Palio.

And the video of this week’s Palio follows below.

Cult Super Tuscan wine dinner August 24 at Siena

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The Wines of Isole e Olena
top-rated Super Tuscans
Wednesday, August 24
6:30 p.m.
with a tasting menu
created especially
by Chef Harvey Harris
$89 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.

Please click here for Chef Harvey’s menu.

About Isole e Olena winemaker Paolo de Marchi

“Paolo de Marchi is one of the most respected winemakers in the world… This wine is a cuvee from the estate’s top vineyard sites, which overlook the valley for which it was named. Produced only in vintages that allow for a top quality wine, it is smooth and refined. Velvety and vibrant, with good extract.”

Italian Wine Merchants (New York)

Isole e Olena 2012 Cepparello
97 points

“The 2012 Cepparello is magnificent. Radiant, pliant and super-expressive, the 2012 offers magnificent intensity, with silky tannins wrapped around a core of rich, dark-toned fruit. The intensity of the fruit suggests a warm vintage, but the structure is more medium in body and typical of a cooler year… The 2012 is superb.”

Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media)

Chef Harvey’s Menu for the August 24 Wine Dinner

PLEASE CALL (512) 349-7667 TO RESERVE.

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Taste Isole e Olena, one of the Super Tuscan greats, August 24 at Siena

August 24: Taste the wines of Isole e Olena, one of Tuscany’s greatest producers, including the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon which received a whopping 96+/100 score from top Italian wine reviewer Antonio Galloni.

“The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is superb. Black cherry jam, crème de cassis, smoke, plums, menthol, licorice and violets form a stunning backdrop as the 2011 opens up in the glass. Sumptuous and layered yet also quite fresh (especially for the year), the 2011 possesses superb balance and exceptional finesse. The intensity of the fruit nearly buries the tannins, but they are there. My impression is that the 2011 will offer a long and wide window of pure drinking pleasure.”

—Antonio Galloni

Please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.

SEE CHEF HARVEY’S MENU BELOW.

The Wines of Isole e Olena
top-rated Super Tuscans
Wednesday, August 24
6:30 p.m.
with a tasting menu
created especially
by Chef Harvey Harris
$89 per person
not including tax & gratuity

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Grape harvest in Italy has begun!

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Across Italy, fine wine grape growers are beginning to harvest their 2016 crop this week.

From the volcanic mountains of Campania in the south to the morainic hills of Lombardy in the north, pickers are headed to the vineyards with their crates in hand.

Currently, it’s only the producers of fine sparkling wines who are picking their grapes (and mostly only white grapes at this point). And it won’t be until much later that red grape growers will begin to pick their fruit.
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