Sunday, March 6, 2016

Jefferson and Mazzei

Commander K with Fonterutoli Chianti

I was delighted to sample a bottle of Fonterutoli Chianti from the cellars of Giovanni's ( on a recent trip to Florence.  Their Riserva (Castello Fonterutoli) is delicious!  A great wine to serve with pasta and meat.  Giovanni's is a fantastic Osteria in Florence.  Excellent Ribollita (vegetable soup with bread) and Bistecca Fiorentina (T-bone steak).  History never tasted so good!

Philip Mazzei's Wine!
We wrote about Thomas Jefferson and his vinous friendship with Mazzei in Italy Invades: How Italians Conquered the World...

Thomas Jefferson, Paris, France
"William Paca, who was later elected governor of Maryland, was an Italian American signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Philip Mazzei (1730–1816) was a Tuscan aristocrat who immigrated to Virginia and acted as an agent for the colony, purchasing arms for the Patriot cause. He was a great friend of Thomas Jefferson and wrote that “All men are created equal” even before Jefferson penned it in the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The two men shared a love for both liberty and wine; Mazzei helped Jefferson to plant grapes at Monticello. The Mazzei family has been making wines in Chianti since the fifteenth century and continue to do so to this day."

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