by Fred McMillin
Frescobaldi and Mondavi
In 1307 the King of England needed a loan. He wished to purchase the equivalent of 1.1 million bottles of Bordeaux claret for his wedding celebration in London.
The Rest of the Story
Who came up with the money? It was a bank in Florence, the House of Frescobaldi. They have been in the wine business ever since.
California's Robert Mondavi did not just fall off the turnip wagon last week. So, when he started a new venture producing affordable Danzante ("dancing" in Italian) wines from eastern Italy, who is his partner?...the House of Frescobaldi. Their first red is today's selection.
Wine of the Day
'97 Danzante (dahn-ZAHN-TAY) '97 Sangiovese
We must mention that this is the birthday of a literary giant who enjoyed Italian wines long before even the Frescobaldis were in business. The great Roman poet Horace was born Dec. 8, 65 B.C. He fined his wine with egg whites. He opposed adding salt from the sea to wine since it would leave an unpleasant memory the next morning. He certainly would have "cracked open an amphora" on his birthday to sharpen his skills, for he felt that "No poem was ever written by a drinker of water".
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