We love author Dario Castagno, have read all his books, and he leads our groups through Chianti wine tastings each time we go. So I wanted, probably too much, to love this new book. The cover drew me in; the solitary Chiantigiano walking with an efficient gait, clad in working overalls topped with a simple cap to keep in the warm. I’ve met these guys, picked olives with them, joked with them in bars. I’ve seen the rows of grape vines, rolling up hills, stitched crossways by gravel roads. I’ve been there.
But this book gave me insight into the heart of the Chiantigani, the quiet, still-water-runs-deep Tuscans who are so friendly, but so private. After the initial “getting started” phase of reading, that settling in period, I was completely hooked. (more…)