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Fun Fact: Sting Makes Wine, and It’s Actually Good.

Ok, so Sting doesn’t actually make wine. But in 1997, he and his wife Trudie purchased a Tuscan estate from Duke Simone Velluti Zati di San Clemente, whose family had owned the villa and surrounding orchards and forests since 1819. The estate, Il Palagio, dates back to the mid-1500s and from its very beginning has been an agricultural property.

Since Sting and Trudie aren’t winemakers by trade they hired the famed biodynamic viticulturalist Alan York to rehab and expand the vineyards to 65 acres. Today, Il Palagio produces four wines that have been very well received.

Sting and Trudie are ardent philanthropists, so portions of the proceeds from the sale of Il Palagio products are directed to charities.

And, if you don’t believe me that the wines are good… take it from Jimmy Fallon.

2010 Tenuta Il Palagio Casino delle Vie Toscana IGT, $34.00   [maxbutton id=”1″ text=”Buy Casino delle Vie” url=””]

This wine is a Super Tuscan (IGT), comprised of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and a small quantity of Merlot. Casino delle Vie is named after a property on the estate. Literally it means ‘little house by the roads,’ but a more colloquial interpretation might be ‘the muddle of ways,’ inviting philosophical musings on the paths we take in life… after a few glasses of wine of course! Aromas of mint, spice and blueberries turn to currants. Full body, with dense palate of almost jammy fruit, but then turns soft and fresh.

2011 Tenuta Il Palagio Message in a Bottle Rosso Toscana IGT, $23.00   [maxbutton id=”1″ text=”Buy Message in a Bottle” url=””]

A blend of Sangiovese, Syrah and Merlot, Message in a Bottle is another Super Tuscan made with grapes sourced from Firenze and Siena. With complex aromas of cherries, wild blackberries and spices, this wine will complement many dishes. But pairs most perfectly with friends, loved ones and convivial conversation. Send an SOS to someone to come and share it with you.

2012 Tenuta Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti, $23.00   [maxbutton id=”1″ text=”Buy When We Dance” url=””]

When We Dance, a DOCG Chianti, is predominantly Sangiovese, with small quantities of Canaiolo and Colorino. It is a great value and a beautiful Chianti. Aromas of ripe black cherries, sandalwood, cedar and strawberry compote. Texturally even and balanced bright acidity, juicy fruits and a joyful, lingering sense of the vineyards at Il Palagio. Perfect for combining with traditional Tuscan recipes.

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Aidan O'Leary

As the Well Produced food contributor, she tries to focus on seasonal dishes that span the entire spectrum from clean eating to comfort food. She loves peonies, ponies, and paper (of the hand made variety).

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