In our quest for a fabulous winter wine list, the Blue Plate wine gurus (aka Elli with a little input from Chris) have been tirelessly swirling, swishing and sipping. Day after day, our wonderful reps have been stopping with wines of all sorts from all the best places. But, what makes a wine worthy of Blue Plate’s list? Elli values quality and variety. Our list is small in comparison to some, but there’s a wine for every taste (and at a reasonable price!).
However, one of the most prized traits for a Blue Plate bottle is its backstory. The story of a wine, its maker & vineyard, can make a glass that much more enjoyable. So many of our bottles have awesome tales to tell, but today, I’d like to tell you about one new to the list: Castello Trebbio’s Chianti Superiore.
This wine hails from the grounds of a historic castle, constructed in 1184 by the noble banking Pazzi family near Florence, Italy. Here, during the Florence Renaissance in 1478, the historic “Pazzi Conspiracy” was masterminded – a plot to eliminate the Medici brothers and overthrow the ruling family of Florence. Unfortunately (for the Pazzi family), they managed to kill Guiliano de Medici, while his brother Lorenzo escaped with his life. This all led to a war that nearly devastated Florence.
Today, the Castello del Trebbio is carefully managed by the Baj Macario family, who brought new life to the estate in the early days of their ownership, restoring the main building and several farmhouses. In addition to producing excellent wines, the owners welcome guests to stay on the grounds and tour the historic castle. So, next time you’re in Florence, have a glass at the castle for me…
BUT, as long as your in the states, you can taste Castello Trebbio at Blue Plate. The Chianti Superiore commands its most defining traits: fruity, fresh, and pleasantly drinkable. It is best paired with with Tuscan crostini, Tuscan cold cuts, main courses with meat sauce and roasted meat. And FUN FACT: the bottle is particularly interesting because the castle’s history is portrayed on the label in pictures. It’s a great way to drink in history with your wine pals!
To learn more about this wine & vineyard, click here.
Don’t forget to make your reservation for Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Blue Plate (spots are filling up quickly!) and keep an eye out for next Monday’s blog post on Facebook and Instagram!