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Tuscan Dinner at Cucina24 Update

News Release: Monday, August 6th
About: Tuscan Wine Dinner at Cucina24

Please join us for a Tuscan Wine Dinner at Cucina 24 on Wednesday, August 29th starting 7pm. Cucina24 has partnered with Country Vintner Imports and MetroWines to serve up Tuscany!

Cucina24 will present four original courses including dessert inspired by the cuisine of Tuscany. Four Tuscan red wines, Cetamura 2016, R. Stucchi 2015, Classico Reserva 2015 and Sangioveto 2011 from Badia a Coltibuono will be served.

Presentation and discussion of the wines will be hosted by Emmanuella Stucchi, owner of Badia a Coltibuono, considered to be one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the world!

"The opportunity to share wine over a Tuscan dinner with Emmanuella Stucchi is rare," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We look forward to learning and tasting!"

Cost is $85 including tax and gratuity. Seating is limited to 25. This event will sell out! Please Call Cucina24 NOW at (828) 254-6170. Credit card number will be taken when you reserve your seat. 24 hours cancellation notice is required. Without 24 hours notice, cancellation fee is $40.

Wines served will be offered at the event at a special price through MetroWines for pick up at the shop.

More about Badia a Coltibuono: 


Winery Profile: The thousand-year-old “abbey of good culture” has belonged to the Stucchi Prinetti family since 1846. Its name literally signifies the abbey’s role in European cultural history as a place of worship and spiritual refuge, as well as a center of learning and agricultural research. After WWII Piero Stucchi Prinetti transformed Badia a Coltibuono into a modern estate, selling and cellaring its best Chianti Classico wines as well as promoting the extra virgin olive oil produced on site, all while creating international branding for the Coltibuono name. Lorenza dé Medici, his wife, opened the first cooking school in a winery. A devotion to the Badia and a respect for its history guides the current fifth generation family members and managers: Emanuela, Paolo and Roberto. Their challenge in winemaking is to maintain the integrity of Sangiovese and heirloom varieties, as well as Chianti Classico’s unique terroir through organic farming practices, clonal diversity, restrained use of oak and cultivation of indigenous grape varieties. Today, Coltibuono’s estate is a center of Tuscan culture and includes a restaurant, a culinary school, a B&B, apartments for farm holidays and is open for visits and tastings to all those that want to learn about local products and traditions.

Vineyards and Vinification: The estate is situated on the hills of the commune of Gaiole in Chianti and is planted to 60 hectares of vineyards and 20 hectares of olive groves. After ten centuries of uninterrupted agricultural tradition, all of Coltibuono’s estate grapes are organically grown and vinified using natural yeasts. Among the first leading wineries in Tuscany to wholly return to environmental sustainability, Badia a Coltibuono is dedicated to the preservation and vinification of Sangiovese and local varieties such Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera, Foglia Tonda, Sanforte, Pugnitello, Mammolo, Trebbiano, and Malvasia, from which they produce a variety of wines. At the center of their vineyards situated in Monti in Chianti their architecturally and technologically innovative winemaking facility is located. Designed to have minimal environmental impact, the facility uses manual grape sorting and a gravity flow system for gentle conveyance of de-stemmed fruit to the fermentation tanks. Smaller size vats are used for separate vinifications, both in wood and stainless steel, while the wines mainly mature in large casks instead of small barrels. The estate also produces a line of “Coltibuono” wines, made from grapes selected from small growers in Tuscany that the family knows a long time!

Critical Acclaim:
“Badia a Coltibuono is one of the most historic and important of the Chianti estates…The Badia Chiantis remain among the most expansive and richest of all the Chiantis. From recent vintages one can see that some wonderfully rich, ripe wines are being made here with cellaring potential of 5-10 years. Excellent Producer List (top rating) “ -Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide

From the Importer, Dalla Terra:
“If you have not met Ema she is out of this world amazing.  To give perspective in talking about Ema, she is the owner of a winery that is considered to be one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the world. The estate is known for wines coming from the “historical” Chianti Classico zone which is an off the record designation right now. Meaning there is Chianti Classico which yes, is a smaller zone within the bigger Chianti zone but Badia Coltibuono is the epicenter of where Chianti originally started- hence the “Historical” add on”.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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