Sometime in 2019, I got into a conversation on Twitter about Super Tuscans, red wine blends from Tuscany that are built with non-indigenous grapes.
These wines generally include some measure of Sangiovese, the iconic grape of the region, but they’ve earned their name because international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc are included in the blend.
The concept came about in the early 1970s, when winemakers wanted to use these grapes though the rules of the region said otherwise. Much has changed since that era, and the conversation on Twitter politely questioned where Super Tuscans stand today with the local producers and global consumers.
And though we are mere wine writers, with no power to change the Super Tuscan climate, I decided that it’s time to widen the talk.
Bring on the Italian Food, Wine and Travel group.
Join our Twitter chat on Saturday, June 27th at 10am central time. All are welcome, just hit up the hashtag #ItalianFWT.
Here’s what we have planned:
Super Tuscans, Take-Out Pizza, and a Spicy Summer Salad | This post comes to you from the kitchen magician behind Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Super Tuscan Wine Pairing: I Sodi di San Niccolò and Scallop Shrimp Pasta with Tomatoes and Mushrooms | A tempting pairing is coming your way from The Wine Chef.
Super Tuscans: What’s It All About? | This question will be answered by the founder of #ItalianFWT, VinoTravels.
A Stop at Brancaia and a Pizza Night | A perfect combo from California’s own Somm’s Table.
Super rating, super price – Is this Super Tuscan super? | The question will be answered in full by My Full Wine Glass.
Have You Tried These Super Tuscans? | Get the opportunity to explore with The Wining Hour.
There’s no need to Fear, Super Tuscans are here! | Hear the heroic call from Our Good Life.
Are Super Tuscans still relevant and worth my time and money?| Find out all there is to know with Crushed Grape Chronicles.
Cooper’s Hawk: A Great Concept and a Super Super Tuscan | Get the inside scoop on this treat from A Day In the Life on the Farm.
I Colazzi and a Big Ol’ Steak | Don’t miss this outstanding combo from Joy of Wine.
No Super Tuscans for Me! | The point of view from FoodWineClick is super clear.
Super Tuscans: Keep Your Sassicaia, I’ll take the Sangiovese | A message from WinePredator to all readers.
Supertuscan Is All About The Name, Not In The Wine | According to an Italian wine expert, GrapeVine Adventures.
Looking Beyond the Name Super-Tuscans | Insight from Avvinare that goes deeper than the title.