Frescobaldi – Italian wine competition!

Frescobaldi logo


Do you want to get to know Italian wine a bit better? The only way is to taste and to help you get your hands on some good Italian wine,  The Winesleuth has teamed up with Marchesi de Frescobaldi to offer you guys, my readers, the opportunity to win some fantastic Italian wine. I’ve got a vertical vintage case of CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (2003, 2004& 2005) to give away as first prize and two lucky runners-up will receive a magnum bottle of Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Reserva DOCG 2007. (Prizes can only be delivered to a UK mainland address). All part of Frescobaldi Fortnight at Caldesi in Campagna which runs from Wednesday 2nd October until Saturday 12th November. Read on to find out more…

Paola Rocchi, Head Chef at the Frescobaldi’s CastelGiocondo estate, one of the most prestigious properties in the Montalcino area, will be leaving her Harley Davidson at home as she swaps the rolling Tuscan hills this November for the rather more tranquil landscape of Bray. Paola is originally from Acquapendente, a small town in the Lazio region, and is known as a quiet and studied woman who prides herself on traditional Tuscan dishes.

Win this vertical of Brunello di Montalcino

Win this vertical of Brunello di Montalcino in handy carrying case

Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi were struck by her cooking several years ago on their first visit to CastelGiocondo and have kept in touch ever since. “She adds a touch of magic to her dishes” muses Giancarlo “hers has all the flavour of home cooking brought up to a different standard”. It is for this reason the Caldesi’s have managed to persuade her to come and work with them for two weeks at their restaurant Caldesi in Campagna in Bray.

“We are really looking forward to it”, says Katie, “I can’t wait to learn more tips and recipes from such a great chef. I will be interested to see what she thinks of our British produce and how she will use it. I am going to show her the game from our local estate, British apples and pears as well as fish from our shores. We are going to run a cooking course with her to for just eight people. “

Not only will Paola be doing the cooking during Frescobaldi Fortnight but the amazing selection of Frescobaldi wines will be available many to try by the glass and paired to Paola’s dishes. For the full Tuscan experience try Paola’s Tuscan Wild Boar Stew with a glass of the estates most famous wine from the latest 2006 five star vintage – CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Frescobaldi’s CastelGiocondo Brunello is the only Brunello to be named in the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines four times in the last 10 years.


Castel Giocondo 2006 Brunello

How to enter and win: To win a vertical vintage case of CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (2003, 2004& 2005) all you need to do is email me  at, leave a comment below or visit The Winesleuth’s Facebook page for more details -and don’t forget to like me while you’re there, I’m more inclined to give stuff to people who like me 😉

The closing date for entries is Monday 31st of October 2011.Two lucky runners-up will receive a magnum bottle of Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Reserva DOCG 2007. (Prizes can only be delivered to a UK mainland address).

If you are interested in the cookery class book on line at under Caldesi in
Campagna/Events or by telephone on 0207 487 0756.

To book a table at the restaurant during Frescobaldi Fortnight call 01628 788500.

*T&C apply, write me for more details

*Comp open only to those of legal drinking age in the UK


  1. Hi, so who were the winners? Thx

    • Hi, I should have done a post up but been so busy! The winners of the Frescobaldi contest were Katherine Grieve, Alex Coakely and Nicola Clare.

  2. Was in Chianti this summer, but sadly didn’t make it down to Montalcino. Count me in. =)

  3. heather rees /

    have entered, would love to win! have shared the comp post on facebook as star heather!

  4. Ian Graham /

    Count me in please 🙂 I love a nice glass of wine … or two!

  5. I love wines! And my ultimate dream is to taste different kinds of wine. Italian wines are known for it’s great taste and I’d love to have of it.

  6. Hi, I really like your blog, and I love Italian wine. Count me in for the comp.
    Cheers, Alex.

  7. Great blog and great competition. I often eat at cafe caldesi – The restaurent is lovely and the also do a great ‘full Italian breakfast’ in the downstairs cafe. Mmmm

    • You should definitely visit during the Frescobaldi fortnight, they’re going to be cooking up some great stuff paired with Frescobaldi’s wines!

  8. Hi Denise! I love Italian wines but need to learn more about them, so I would love to enter the competition! 🙂

  9. I love Frescobaldi wines and I hear that the Marchesi is a true gent. Also I love bore stew with polenta almost that time of year for it.

    • I had the 2004 not long ago at a lunch at Harrod’s with the Marchesi ( who is a true Italian gentleman) and I can tell you, it was quite impressive! Could drink it now but wouldn’t hurt to wait a bit longer. Good luck! 🙂

  10. Hello – winesleuth said that she can take money under the table if you want to win the wine

    Okay, my bid is £10

  11. Please send me the wine as I most deserve it and all the above commentators are just sad!

    Forget about the rest and email me back to get me address and post me the wine

    Thank you

  12. I do enjoy a Brunello di Montalcino. I have strong memories of having quite a few good bottles over the years. I also have similar memories that turned out more hazy.

    All in all, certainly a fine Italian drop 🙂

    • @Ruduss – Italian wine can leave one with hazy memories, it’s happened to me once or twice! 😉
      @davkt – Have fun at Lords despite the lack of wine!

  13. Oooh very nice! Off to Lords again next week, but work this time so no wine involved!

  14. Bethan /

    I’ll not even ask how, I’ll just say “thank you” for getting hold of these beautiful wines and resisting temptation to keep them for yourself! I can’t say I could have been so generous (or so strong of mind and spirit). Needless to say, count me in!

    • The Winesleuth thinks everyone should drink well and what’s nicer than Brunello? Good luck, I’ve entered you into the competition 🙂

  15. As an American transplant to London, one of the most interesting and exciting parts of settling in has been exploring the breadth of European wine. I must admit most of my explorations to date have been French with the odd New World producer thrown in, but Italy has been something of a black hole, and this looks like a fantastic way to rectify that. =)

    Wonder if I can swing a trip out to Bray in the next 2 weeks. . .

    • I’m entering you into the contest for the vertical or one of the magnums but hopefully you’ll be able to get out to Bray, Paola’s food sounds fantastic!

  16. Yes, I will enter this contest! I run a wine review site for fun and I don’t drink enough Italian wine so this would be perfect.

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