MONTALCINO JAZZ & WINE 2015


PROGRAM JA015ZZ AND WINE IN MONTALCINO July 2015
Montalcino jazz and wine 2015


The program of the 18th edition of Montalcino Jazz & Wine brings one of my favorite Italian musicians to Brunello town on the evening of the 17th of July. Sergio Cammariere may not be known as well as Paolo Conte out of Italy, but his music will definitely be enjoyed by the fans of the latter. 

The seven concerts of the 2015 festival have something for every taste: two Saudade inspired nights on the 14th and 19th of July and an evening in the footsteps of Django Reinhardt with French gypsy jazz guitarist Angelo Debarre on July 16. Debarre also offers a master class on the afternoon of July 15 (contact marketing@banfi.it if you'd like to participate). 

For bepop lovers the highlight of the music festival in Brunello town will be the Cookers on July 18. The American members of the septet look back on half a century of jazz music played in the company of the most famous names of the genre (Art Blakey, Sony Rollins, Dina Washington, Art Pepper, Miles Davis and Stan Getz to name but a few). Considering that the Cooker's band name was inspired by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's 1965 Blue Note album, you'll know what you're in for. 


MONTALCINO JAZZ & WINE 2015, JULY 14 to 19

Tickets: 15€. Reservation of tickets and tables via info@prolocomontalcino.com Phone: 0577 849 331. Concerts starts at 9.45 pm. 
A simple dinner can be eaten beforehand at the fortress (prepared by Montalcino's neighborhoods). Banfi's red, white and sparkling wines from Montalcino and northern Italy and small bites to eat are available during the night. In the case of rain, the concerts will take place in Montalcino's Sant'Agostino church (next to the museum). 

Can't make it to Montalcino (yet)? Here's a beautiful video of Sergio Cammariere's entire gig in Milano's teatro Strehler, to be watched with a glasso of Brunello in hand wherever you are. 



HOTEL RIF IN SANT'ANGELO IN COLLE: MAY 27, 2015

Montalcino's festival season hasn't started yet and we're still waiting for the release of the program of Jazz&Wine 2015. But with the longer days and warmer weather the first musicians are back in town. Sabrina Turri closed Montalcino's music season last autumn at La Pieve and is reopening it this spring with a concert in the beautiful piazza of Sant'Angelo in Colle. 





HOTEL RIF, SANT'ANGELO IN COLLE, WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 7 pm

The concert is organized by restaurant il Leccio. Come early to enjoy the sunset view from the town walls of Sant'Angelo in Colle (the best in Montalcino) or to have dinner at restaurant il Leccio before.

If you're not going out on an ordinary weekday catch Hotel Rif on Sunday May 24 at Siena's Teatro dei Rozzi for a special performance commemorating Italy's involvement in the first world war together with writer Emilio Franzina. Or come to Cinigiano on lunch time on Saturday May 30, to start the weekend with music and plenty of aperitivi and hopefully even a dance to Hotel Rif's lunch time gig in my Tuscan village.




12 MONTHS OF BRUNELLO: SEPTEMBER IN MONTALCINO - HARVEST TIME (PART ONE)




For a wine loving traveler there is no better month to visit Tuscany than September. Vendemmiathe wine harvest is around the corner and the vineyards look at their best with bunches of grapes showing off their beautiful dark red and blu colors - known as Brunello in the case of Montalcino's famous Sangiovese varietal. 

From early September you'll be able to see the first pickers in action, whilst they harvest Montalcino's rare patches of white wine grapes and French varietals like Merlot and Cabernet Franc. True to its importance, the Sangiovese Grosso grape is the last to be ready. The harvest of the Brunello grape will start during the last days of September in the lower lying vineyards with southern exposition and during the first half of October in Montalcino's higher vineyards and North facing areas.  


sangiovese (Brunello) grapes ready for picking

Fonterenza winery's sangiovese vineyard shortly before the wine harvest

Vinification leftovers

Sangiovese grapes in crates during the wine harvest in Montalcino

White wine grapes in a cellar in Montalcino







GOOD TO KNOW

The approaching wine harvest turns jovial vintners who spend infinite hours in the wine cellar talking to complete strangers about ideal barrel aging time and their nonna's homemade pasta recipes into monosyllabic neurotics, who keep pulling out their iPhone to check the weather forecast yet again. This might not feel like the ideal time for a winery visit, but instead of feeling hurt about the lack of attention jump at the occasion and fire away questions about the vintage in the making. You won't just learn plenty about the perils and pitfalls of wine making, but you'll also provide the vineyard staff a welcome occasion to let off some steam in this tension prone month. 

THE WEATHER IN SEPTEMBER: In the second half of the month nights can be cold high up in Montalcino's town center with its elevation of 567 meter, but days are mostly glorious with the type of heat that's enjoyable and doesn't make one want to spend the day indoors hiding behind closed shutters like in July or August. 

All photos taken by Francesca Padovani during the wine harvest 2014. The talented young winemaker runs Montalcino's organic Fonterenza winery together with her sister Margherita Padovani. Follow Francesca on Instagram for beautiful hands on updates from the natural wine movement in Brunello town. 

Fonterenza's organic Brunello 2009



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