May 6, 2007

Addio Minuccio

Chianti lost one of it's great men this week,

I considered him to be the James Beard of Tuscany, wine-maker, restauranteur, bonvivant and the ultimate Oste.

Sig. Cappelli ran the Fattoria Montagliari until the a few years ago when he sold, to supposedly retire. His family had had this property for centuries.

When he moved to Villa Collegalle just down the road, and discovered the abbandoned vineyards on the property he began again. Wine and of course his famous Balsamic Vinegar.

Minuccio in his Balsameria at Villa Collegalle

His big heart and sense of humor gave many a fabulous memory of Chianti. One of the first families of Chianti, the Cappelli family has been in the business since 1730 and hopefully Sig Cappelli's sons and grandson's will continue in his style!

Thank you Minuccio for the memories!

From all of us that have sat at your table! Grazie Mille

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