September is Harvest Season

September is one of the most pleasant months of the year to be in Italy. It is still warm, with summer-like weather, but not too hot. Al and I spent our honeymoon in the Piedmont region and stayed at Hotel Barolo during crush, we could literally smell the aroma of grapes in the room and throughout the hotel and feel the excitement in the fields. It is a lot like September in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

September is also the time of the year when the grapes are harvested. Due to the exceptionally hot weather in Italy this year, the crush is about 2 weeks earlier than normal. Recently, an article in the New York Times wrote about the changing climate and how it is affecting the wine growers of Italy. Regardless of when crush is, it is an exciting time of year. 

To celebrate crush, we are featuring wines this month from the Chianti region.The Lenzi family, Gian Luigi and Pamela, own and operate the Petroio Wineryand are long time friends of ours. They make a Chianti Classico of true quality and tradition.  Nestled in the heart of Tuscany’s beautiful Chianti hills, just a few miles North of Siena lies Fattoria di Petroio . Today, the almost 40 acres of vineyards produce, with great passion and dedication, a yearly average of 35,000 bottles of traditional, territorial, Chianti Classico.

Shari Newman