On a beautiful Miami day recently, the Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour organized by I.E.M.

kicked off one of the most important and prominent Italian wine tastings at the exclusive Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. After a year of hibernation (better known at Lockdown), South Florida wine experts were invited to stop by the luxurious hotel for a lockdown ‘break’, enjoy the surroundings and best of all sip the finest Italian vinos.  

Italy’s wine heritage dates back to over four thousand years. Italy’s rich geographical locations have created and nourished ideal places in which to produce unique wines that continually defy global mass-market trends.

The morning started off with the always popular guided tastings and seminars which aim to educate and recommend the renowned and respected wines of Italy.  After several seminars, guests were invited to an outdoor patio luncheon, expertly prepared and paired with wines from Consorzio Eden & Consorzio Italia di Vini & Sapori, all from the Veneto region.

Simultaneously the walk around tasting was held in a separate ballroom until early evening.    Local representatives poured wines for guests which included the following,

Consorzio Prosecco, Consorzio Maremma, Consorzio Eden and Consorzio Italia di Vini & Sapori. 

I was the official photographer for Le Dish Magazine and RG was the lucky taster.

RG’s picks for :Maremma Toscana Consorzio Tutela Vini  are:

Belguardo, Maremma Toscana DOC Vermentino 2019 “Codice V” (100% Vermentino).

Maremma Toscana DOC Rosso 2019 “Tenuta Belguardo” (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet franc}.

Fattoria Il Casalone,  Pepi Lignana: Maremma Toscana DOC (Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 15% Petit Verdot).

I Cavallini, Maremma Toscana DOC Alicante 2016, “Alicante”

Podere San Cristoforo: Toscana I.G.T., Petit Verdot 2018 “San Cristoforo” (100% Petit Verdot).

Maremma Toscana, Querciabella, Maremma Toscan DOC Rosso 2018 “Mongrana” (50% Sangioverse, 25 % Merlot,  25% Cabernet Sauvignon).

Tenuta Casteani, Maremma Toscana DOC Rosso 2014 “Terra di Casteani”, (70%  Sangioverse, 30% Merlot).

Villa Pinciana. Maremma Toscana DOC Viognier 2016.  RG gave this wine a ‘very good’.


One last note, the De Stefani Rose, Valdo Biabene Proseo and Le Argile Anno Domini, also pleased his taste buds.