Over the last few months, as the world’s been turned upside down, shaken and then crookedly rearranged, I’ve sat and mused about Italy and what it means to me. First, it’s always been part of my heritage. From long, slow family meals to gardening and cooking. Naturally as a child these things were overlooked or taken for granted but now as an adult, I try to create the same fond memories for my family.
Tuscan Vines has become a natural extension of that passion. It not only serves as an independent voice covering Italian wine, but a collection of recipes, pictures and anecdotes. It has allowed me to embrace my heritage in a deeper way than I could have ever imagined. Through my love of wine I’ve made countless, life long friends and as a result have become the richer for it.
As I write this, Italy is hurting. Some of my friends are hurting. Recently, several of my readers emailed me asking about ways we can help the Italian wine community. In this photo essay celebrating Italy, I’ll provide a few ways we can help the Italian winemakers we adore.
Due to the closing of Enoteche, restaurants and tasting rooms, wineries have suffered reduced demand for their products. Governmental closings have delayed certifications and supply chain disruptions have delayed orders that have been received. What can you do?
Buy wine directly from Italian wineries! Many of the wineries we love are small family owned farms. Yet many have websites and are able to ship directly to consumers. It may cost a little more, but the slight increase for you could make a significant difference to them. What’s more, many are reducing shipping costs to entice orders. Check the websites of your favorite producers and support them.
Buy directly from Italian Enoteca! My newsletter Subscribers recently received an amazing coupon code to do just this. Many Italian Enoteca will ship worldwide. Some offer free shipping depending upon the value of your order. Some will offer promotional items that ship for free. Set Wine-Searcher.com to “Worldwide Delivery” and look for the Italian Enoteche.
Buy Italian wine from your local retailer! If buying wine direct from Italy still induces a level of nervousness you can’t conquer, then search out Italian wine locally. If the wines fly off the shelves here, it will ultimately result in more orders for wineries; especially as restrictions have eased and shipping logistics have begun to improve.
Join my Zoom calls! Over the last few weeks I’ve been hosting Zoom calls with various winemakers. You can email me or DM me at Facebook or Twitter to get the link needed to join. Each of the winemakers have created exclusive offers for my Newsletter Subscribers. These offers are designed to help them and you! They get much needed sales and you get pristine provenance on wines that in many cases have not been sold at retail, or have been aged for years on the estate. Many times the wines are limited production. The next call is this Sunday; 1PM EST and 7PM CET. You must be subscribed to receive the special offers!
Buy other Italian products in addition to wine! We all love wine and that’s the majority of the coverage here. Yet most wine lovers are passionate about things like ceramic pottery, olive oil, pasta, beans, cheeses, etc. Many wine producers also make oil and many grow pasta and beans. Again, let Google be your friend and search out authentic products. Every bit helps!
Where to Shop
Are you dreaming of Tuscan ceramics? Leoncini is the best shop in San Gimignano and ships world wide!
Looking for that special bottle of Brunello? Newsletter Subscribers got a great coupon code for Enoteca di Piazza.
Finally, some friends…
Finally, if you can do nothing else, make a great meal. Use my Recipes page for inspiration. Gather close family around a communal table. Dine al fresco. Open a bottle. Bring Italy to your house. Then put your pictures wherever you use Social Media and spread the word. #HelpItaly
We will emerge from this. Changed, but stronger. Maybe more distant at first, but with a richer, more appreciative connection. Forza Insieme!