In a region where most wineries count their ages in decades — and some count them in centuries — Il Molino di Grace is the new kid in the vineyards. A Tuscan winery, Il Molino di Grace produced its first vintage three years after Frank Grace, an American, bought a 10th century villa in the Chianti Classico village of Panzano in 1996. It came with acres of vineyards to which he soon added more by buying an adjacent property.
Gerhard Hirmer, a friend and wine enthusiast, joined him in the new venture. Right from the start, Grace and Hirmer put quality over quantity, pruning bunches of grapes from their vines to assure a low production and thus, more concentration, flavor and focus from the remaining grapes. And right from the start, that philosophy paid off when Il Molino won coveted awards with its first wines.
Today, it is producing such exceptional and well-crafted wines as its Chianti Classico Riserva 2001. Ninety percent Sangiovese, the basic grape of all Chianti, its other 10 percent mingles Cabernet Sauvignon, Cannaiolo Nero, Merlot and various ancient Tuscan grapes. Deep colored, deep flavored, it is a well-made, balanced, fragrant wine, priced at $30.
Chianti Classico Riserva Il Margone 2000 is everything Riserva 2001 is, only more so. With its blend of 70 percent Sangiovese and 30 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, it is rich, luscious, tightly structured and brimming with both spicy notes and the scent of ripe cherries. It retails for about $45 a bottle.
At the top of Il Molino di Grace’s line is Gratius, a wine made totally from the 55-year-old Sangiovese vines of a single vineyard. It is a powerful, complex and at the same time, elegant wine with the concentrated aromas of leather, tobacco and coffee. Like all old vines, Gratius’ have an extremely low yield — less than a ton per acre. This, Il Molino’s greatest expression, can be found for $53.
Frank Grace had his early success in logistics and relocation businesses. Gerhard Hirmer had his early success as an international banker. Today, with Hirmer as the general manager of the winery, both men have found not merely another success, but the most eminently satisfying one of all.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.