A Spaniard in Italy - Tuscan Tempranillo

San Miniato is a delightful town in the province of Pisa, in Tuscany—it is also known as San Miniato al Tedesco meaning “of the German,” to distinguish it from another nearby San Miniato called “al Monte,” which is a convent in Florence about forty kilometers to the northeast. In this zone, the most famous agricultural product is certainly the precious white truffle, although the hills are covered with vineyards.  However, the wines of this small area suffer from the weighty presence of much more famous Tuscan appellations like Chianti.

Palate Press, July 2012