By Yasmine El Tabib
My brother and I wound through the verdant hills of Tuscany on a motorcycle, passing endless rows of grapevines.
We arrived at Fèlsina, a winery of the Poggiali family since 1966.
A gorgeous Italian woman then packed us in her truck and drove us a short distance to where the grapes grow, under the dynamic Tuscan sky.
Vines dripping in Sangiovese grapes dominated the landscape, but some Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes flourished too.
We watched as truckloads of freshly picked grapes made their way up to the winery.
It will be years before they are turned into the Fontalloro, Chianti and other wines which they produce.
Upon returning, we entered a room booming with gigantic barrels full of fermenting grapes.
And into an intoxicating hallway…
Atop the giant barrels were green glass instruments that Leonardo da Vinci invented which allows gas created by fermentation to escape.
Continuing on we entered a room full of smaller barrels.
And into another with even more, almost ready to be bottled.
After seeing how far the grapes had come, you have to appreciate the fascinating flavor of each sip.
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