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capannelle winery or badia a coltibuono

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capannelle winery or badia a coltibuono

having a hard time choosing between these two. Want to learn about the wines take a cooking class and have dinner - and nice accomodations-- can anyone help me?

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1. Re: capannelle winery or badia a coltibuono

I have not been to Badia a Coltibuono, but I have visited Capanelle. During a 3 week trip to Tuscany earlier this year, we visted six different wineries and Capanelle was the most beautiful. Their wine was much more expensive than any of the other places we visted, but their whole estate was also first-class all the way. They gave a great tour/tasting and I would highly recommend you visit them. Make sure you visit their very hi-tech wine vault that houses a collection of wines held for restaurants around the world.

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2. Re: capannelle winery or badia a coltibuono

I have not visited either so my two pennyworth of comment is based on the profile and reputation of the wines. In these two you have picked two with good reputations. I often see glowing reports in TA of great winery visits which no doubt are really enjoyable but the underlying wines are distinctly average. These two are above that. Capannelle is owned by James Sherwood and has been through a major restructuring in recent years, wines from 04 onwards both reds and white have scored well in tastings and the investment in all aspects seems to be paying off, Gambero Rosso rates all their recent wines as good, they seem to be going in the right direction. A similar approach has been taken by Badia a Coltibuono, probably right now a tiny smidge above Cappannelle in terms of range and rankings, they also produce a good vin Santo, and won a top award for their 06 Chianti, although in the same years tastings the Solare 04 from Capannelle only just missed the same award. Whilst with respect to Lax prices in Tuscany are all over the place and its not always a great guide his and any other recommendations (after all he visited 6) would certainly help sway me.

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