Okay, I am totally going to this wine dinner on Wednesday, and I think there's a little space left so you can too. Here are some highlights from the press release: The esteemed Chianti Classico producer, Emanuela Stucchi-Prinetti of Badia a Coltibuono, will visit the Bay Area for two events at Oliveto restaurant, courtesy of Dalla Terra. First up is a wine dinner on Wednesday April 19. Oliveto's menu will be expanded for the evening to include traditional Tuscan dishes paired with Badia a Coltibuono's wines. Emanuela Stucchi will be on hand to welcome guests and answer questions about the wines. The menu and wines will be offered à-la-carte. The Badia a Coltibuono wines to be poured include a 2004 Trappoline (Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay blend), 1993, 1995, and 2000 Chianti Classico Riserva, 1999 Sangioveto (100% Sangiovese, Super-Tuscan), 2003 Chianti Classico, and 1998 Vin Santo. Seating starts at 5:30pm.

Badia a Coltibuono was founded in 1051. All grapes grown in Badia a Coltibuono's estate vineyards are organically grown, handpicked, and vinified using natural yeast. The estate is strongly dedicated to the preservation and vinification of the Sangiovese varietal: it has dedicated its own vineyards to the production of three different Chianti Classico wines and one IGT exclusively made from Sangiovese. They are also highly regarded for their organic olive oils.

And then on Saturday April 22, Emanuela Stucchi-Prinetti will host a talk on "Modern Day Life in Tuscany." As the daughter of Lorenza de' Medici and Piero Stucchi-Prinetti, Emanuela is a member of one of Tuscany's best-known families. She was the first woman elected president of the Marchio Storico del Chianti Classico, the governing consortium for Chianti Classico designated wines. Now a mother of her own two children, she is involved in Tuscan public schools, active in local politics and art, and is the sponsor of Eroica, a bicycle rally along unpaved roads which features historic Stucchi-Prinetti bicycles. The rally is part of an effort to preserve Tuscany's dirt roads that are a symbol of the traditional agricultural landscape and also provide an important refuge for species that still live in the area that would otherwise be endangered. Emanuela will discuss this and the estate's accomplishment of becoming a certified organic wine and olive oil producer. The talk will take place at Oliveto Restaurant at 1:30pm. There is no fee for this talk, but reservations are necessary. Call 510-547-5356.

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