By Bonnie Carroll
Florence(Spiritsman)6/7/12/—The 4-day celebration of Divino Tuscany, a 4-day was event featuring the region’s wines, food and culture took place in Florence last month, and wrapped up with a traditional Tuscan BBQ hosted by Sting surprised guests with his rendition of An Englishman in New York, performed as a duet with Isabel Suckling, the 14-year old British singing sensation and daughter of acclaimed wine critic and Divino Tuscany creator, James Suckling. Cuban music by world-renowned jazz pianist Ernán López Nussa added to the festive tone of this beautifully catered luncheon.
James Suckling, who hosted Divino Tuscany with Ned Goodwin, led the tastings throughout the weekend at the Villa Cora, which featured over 200 top vintages from over 50 Tuscan wineries. The event also offered dinners by Italy ‘s best chefs, including Annie Feolde of Florence ‘s three-star restaurant, Enoteca Pinchiorri. Over 350 wine enthusiasts attended Divino Tuscany 2012 from around the world— Switzerland , England , the U.S. , Russia , Brazil , Australia , India , Germany , France , Canada and Sweden .
Participating Vintners included Altesino, Baracchi, Brancaia, Caparzo, Carpineta, Fontalpino, Casanova di Neri, Castellare di Castellina, Castello di Bossi, Castelvecchio in San Casciano Val di Pesa, Castiglion del Bosco, Ciacci, Piccolomini D’Aragona, Duemani,Eredi Fuligni, Fattoria Le Pupille, Fattoria Vitticio, Fèlsina, Fontodi, Podere Poggio Scalette, Podere Sapai, Poggio al Tesoro, Poliziano, SanFilippo, San Polo, Siro Pacenti, Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia, Tenuta di Biserno, Tenute Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari, Tenuta Il Palagio, Tenuta San Guido, Tenuta Sette Ponti, Tenute Silvio Nardi, Tenuta Vitanza, Testamatta di Bibi Graetz, Tolaini, Tua Rita, Uccelliera, Valdicava.
The city of Florence was also a shining star during this extraordinary weekend of wine and food. Florence is recognized by international press as one of the top five places in the world to visit. The capital of Tuscany produces some of Italy ’s finest wines and a offers a cuisine that is internationally renowned. The welcome dinner for the event was held at Grand Hotel Villa Cora, and was also the site of the Grand Tasting. The amazing finale for Divino Tuscany was the Gala Dinner hosted by Palazzo Corsini on the banks of the Arno River . Salute to Vino Tuscany !
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