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Gunther DiGiovanna at the Local Wine Merchant

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Once in a lifetime tasting with one of the most well known wine personalities from Sicily. There will be a tasting in the Local Wine Merchant and we will be offering a flight of the wines on the dinner menu for one night only – so don’t miss out!!!!!

Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant
330 1st Street
San Francisco, California 94105
Thursday Nov. 13th

Born to a German mother and Sicilian father, Gunther (36) and Klaus (33) are now responsi ble for the Di Giovanna vineyard. They are as sisted by internationally renowned enologist Riccardo Cotarella and personally accompany the entire production process-from the vine yard to the cellar. Following the footsteps of their great grandfather Don Toto who planted the first vineyards in 1860 and aged his wines in oak barrels in the cellar of the old stone farmhouse in Fiuminello, the family has cultivated its fields with unwavering pride and dedication for generations. In 1985 Gunther and Klaus’ father, Aurelio, with his wife Barbara, initiated an in-dept examination of micro-climatic conditions and the soil. Following careful cloning and testing he identified the vines best suited to the region. His efforts resulted in five single vineyards which are home to Grillo, Catarratto, Grecanico, Inzolia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Viog nier, Semillon, Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah grapes.

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