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“To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher - Pascal”

Accademia del Buon Gusto
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

I needed a few bottles of quality wine to go with dinner and this establishment was open and close by. I really don't want to be a grumpy old Hector but I could not escape fast enough. On the plus side there were several good wines to taste for free with no pressure to buy BUT as soon as we were not the only customers in the shop, and an American couple entered, the 10 minute act about the link between the book and the wine bottle, packaged in risible philosophical claptrap kicked off and we became the audience. This may work for the average passing tourist (each to their own) but my rictus grin faded after about 90 seconds. There was also a section (I choose this word carefully as I sensed the entire show was repeated many many times a day) on the art on the walls, which was for sale, linked to more philosophical musings (mostly linked to sexual stereotypes).

All wines are from a radius of 30 kms and are circa €25 or less. The host's 'philosophy' does not extend to the more well known (i.e. on International markets) local wines although he does have his own wine for sale.

2  Thank Mark-choosy-chappy
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

Stefano offers adults the chance to enter a magical "cave" and enjoy the delights of wines from within a 30 kilometre area - true Tuscan treats! At first glance, the little shop belies the experience about to unfold, if only you are prepared to let your tastebuds enjoy the trip around some delightful Chianti wines.
One of our group had been there before, leading us up the hill towards the church at the top, we suddenly stopped and were greeted, welcomed in.
Tasting 12 wines, 5 balsamic vinegars and 3 infused chocolate 'spreads', we left entertained, better informed, and certainly having tasted a range of wines. His passion for imparting his love of the products is almost as delightful as the samples he served. Whether explaining to those new to Chianti wines, or those who have enjoyed them for years, the conversation enthralled throughout our visit. With various friends planning a trip to Italy in the coming year, a day or two in Panzano and a trip up the hill is on the cards.

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Reviewed June 20, 2014

A must do in Panzano, meeting Stefano and experience his expertise on wine and life will change you! We took the route to Panzano from Florence, which is a very pretty drive and you can stop in several Castles and Wineries on the way. We stumble upon the Accademia del Buon Gusto by pure luck, the coziness of the place was the main attraction to us. Stefano welcomed us with open arms and we had the most amazing wine tasting experience of our lives, even though we have been to many places already to taste one, this one is on the top. This small place is full of fun things, the art is amazing, the wine superb, the olive oils, the smells, it is just fantastic and what you expect to see on the Chianti region. Hope you enjoy if you get to go

1  Thank bluerose76
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

This little shop lot in the little square in Panzano is a gem for those visiting the Chianti region. A trip to Chianti is only truly made complete with an afternoon with Stefano (the owner) walking thru a range of Chianti wines. We tasted a total of probably 15 wines over the course of 2 days + some truffle infused chocolate + dancing with olive oil! A remarkably generous person, Stefano shared both his wines, time and knowledge. His love and passion for his trade shone through no matter the crowd, at all levels... keeping everyone always at ease.

I'd come back to Panzano just to visit this little gem!

2  Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Stephano is part entertainer, part educator and part ambassador. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him and feel we have a friend for life.

We are not beginners to wine and found the experience to be educational but with more entertainment than expected. Newcomers will also benefit as he mixes the discussion in at all levels.

Plan to take your time learn and enjoy.

1  Thank GAFoodie
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