The man in the right of the photo is Mr. Franco Ziliani, standing next to my father Fabrizio Bindocci. Mr. Ziliani is one of the best Italian wine writers and his blog, which is called "Vino al Vino", is one of the most popular wine blogs in the Italy. Earlier this year, he and my father led a vertical tasting of Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino from the 1973 to 2004 vintages at the historic Villa Braida in the Veneto.
Last week, Mr. Ziliani has decided to suspend his blog.
This post is dedicated to Mr. Ziliani: we wish to thank you for your important voice in the world of the wine blogging and the "enogiornalismo".
And we most sincerely hope to read your writings again very soon, whether in your blog or in the many "testate" that you write for so many important wine revues.
We also thank you for your great support of Il Poggione and our traditional Brunello di Montalcino.
The name "Silene" derives from the name for a flower also called "strigolo" in Italian, called the "Bladder Campion". This name comes from the ancient name "Silenus" of the accompanier of Bacchus (probably because the flower of the plant looks like the chalice). Silene is also used in the cuisine.
These are the ravioli stuffed with cheese and herbs and topped with the shave black truffles, as is the custom of our cuisine in Toscana. This photo and that below are by the food and wine writer Robin Goldstein (we have found them in his Flickr page).
This is the "cervello in cartoccio", the "brains in parchment paper".
When you come to visit the Toscana and Montalcino this summer, we invite you to dine at this amazing restaurant and to know the cuisine of Roberto Rossi, the best chef in our area.
A Twitter conversation this evening with an excellent wine blogger from London Wine Woman Song reminded me that the Val d'Orcia where we live is a UNESCO protected site for its beauty and its historical importance. Herewith Sant'Angelo in Colle, our village, seen from our vineyards below in the photograph.
The landscape of Val d’Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland of Siena, redrawn and developed when it was integrated in the territory of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries to reflect an idealized model of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. The landscape’s distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes. The inscription covers: an agrarian and pastoral landscape reflecting innovative land-management systems; towns and villages; farmhouses; and the Roman Via Francigena and its associated abbeys, inns, shrines, bridges, etc".
Justification for Inscription
Criterion (iv): The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing pictures.
Criterion (vi): The landscape of the Val d’Orcia was celebrated by painters from the Siennese School, which flourished during the Renaissance. Images of the Val d’Orcia, and particularly depictions of landscapes where people are depicted as living in harmony with nature, have come to be seen as icons of the Renaissance and have profoundly influenced the development of landscape thinking.
Our friend Jeremy Parzen Ph.D. has made an excellent post on the names of Italian wineries: azienda, cascina, fattoria, podere, poggio, tenuta and many others. His etymologies also include the designations used in the name of our winery Tenuta il Poggione.
Thanks you Jeremy for this useful post and for the mention of Tenuta il Poggione.