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Brunello di Montalcino: One of Italy’s greatest wines and one of our favorites

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People ask us all the time: What’s your favorite wine?

Our answer is always the same: It depends on where we are, what we are eating, and whom we are with…

If it’s some Tuscan summer bread salad by the pool on a hot day, it’s going to be a fresh white wine.

If we are eating one of Chef Harvey’s excellent seafood pasta dishes, it could be white or maybe even a rosé wine (rostato in Italian).

But when someone really presses us to say what wine we just couldn’t live without, in other words, our desert island wine, it would have to be Brunello di Montalcino from Montalcino in Siena province.

That’s the fortezza, the fortress castle that greets visitors to the village of Montalcino when the arrive — a symbol and icon of the appellation.

Brunello di Montalcino is made from 100 percent Sangiovese grapes grown in Montalcino township. It’s one of the classic red wines to pair with wild boar pasta and steaks. What could be better for Siena Ristorante Toscana?

Next time you visit and are in the mood for a special bottle of red wine, ask your server about Brunello di Montalcino.

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