FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Italy, Capezzana, Tenuta di Capezzana

Feb 28, 2014
2014 / March 2014

About 12 miles northwest of Florence, within the Tuscan district of Carmignano, lies the village of Capezzana, where unearthed parchments show wine was produced as early as 804. Capezzana is still producing wine, notably at the winery Tenuta di Capezzana, named after its village and owned by the Contini Bonacossi family since the 1920s. Today it is run by the family’s third and fourth generations.

Like Chianti, its neighbor, the major grape in Carmignano is Sangiovese. Beyond that, their winemaking parts ways. While many Tuscan wineries began adding Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes to their Sangiovese in the 1970s, calling their product Super Tuscan, Carmignano’s vintners have been blending in Cabernet Sauvignon for 450 years. Add Merlot here, Syrah there and occasionally the Italian Canaiolo grape, and that is the base of Capezzana’s wines.

In a recent tasting of her family’s wines, third-generation Beatrice Contini Bonacossi sampled Trefiano Riserva ($55), a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Canaiolo, an easy-drinking wine with fine acidity and excellent balance; the inviting Sessanta ($75), a 100 percent Merlot from a single vineyard; and Ghiaie della Furba ($55), which combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot for a mouth-filling wine.

She then moved on to five vintages of the winery’s flagship label, Villa di Capezzana, wines noted for their amazing structure and acidity, major reasons for their ability to age long and well. The youngest of the five, 2008 ($30), is 80 percent Sangiovese and 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend that makes a rich, well-structured wine with an aroma of dark berries and spice; a delicious, intriguing choice.

Ten years older, Villa di Capezzana 1998 ($150) remains well-knit, well-made and recognizable as a relative of the 2008. Jump back another 10 years to 1988 ($280) and this Riserva remains remarkably fresh for its age. Villa di Capezzana 1977 Riserva ($350) is beginning to show some age in its nose and color but retains a fine body, taste and aftertaste. We finished with Villa di Capezzana Riserva 1968, 46 years old and pale in color but still a firm, fascinating wine that does not bow to age. There is no price to give for this 1968 because there is none left to buy.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Mar 5, 2021

3 Recipes for Lent from New Orleans’ Top Chefs

The Lenten season continues through April 3. This year, New Orleans’ top chefs share some Lent-friendly recipes for at-home dining.

What To Expect When Flying: oneworld Debuts Information Portal

Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.

January/February 2021
Mar 5, 2021

Indulge in the Seductive Splendor Bora Bora

I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.

January/February 2021
Mar 4, 2021

Set Your Sights on San Antonio’s Art, Culture and Green Spaces

San Antonio celebrated 300 years of progress in May 2018. With a clear vision following that anniversary year, the Texan city set its sights firmly on 300 more. While commemorating this milestone, the city underwent a major overhaul to prepare for the next phase in its history.

Daily
Mar 4, 2021

SoJo Spa Club: Tranquility with an Urban View

When you think of a relaxing spa day, mountains, rivers and view of gorgeous landscapes pop in your head; a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of any city’s booming music and honking taxis. SoJo Spa Club and Hotel gives you the relaxing feeling of being away while still staying close to the busy center of Manhattan.

eFlyer Deals
Mar 3, 2021

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel’s Reopening Offers

Dance the night away with Grand Hotel’s Ballroom Dance offer, available May 16–18. Dancers of all skill levels will experience a diverse range of ballroom dance styles, alongside daily breakfast and dinner, a welcome reception and complimentary golf green fees.

Adventure Redefined: Volvo Overseas Delivery

Custom order your Volvo through the Overseas Delivery Program and receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a personalized delivery at the Volvo Factory Delivery Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Your experience begins in Sweden with insurance and registration included, enabling you to drive your new Volvo throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Create the adventure of a lifetime with the program named Best Overseas Delivery four years running, and return home with the ultimate souvenir.

eFlyer Lead
Mar 3, 2021

4 Travel Experiences for Women’s History Month

March marks Women’s History Month, and there are a number of ways to celebrate through travel. Here are just a few ideas to honor women in history.