It’s been 10 months since I spent two weeks in Italy and had one of the great wine days of my life visiting two Tuscan wineries.

It was all made possible by a great guy from New Jersey, Anthony Finta. He lives in Florence and operates a number of online businesses. He is trying to start up a U.S. internet wine sales business focusing on smaller producers. You can read the story I wrote for Palate Press here.

I heard from Anthony over the weekend and he’s getting closer to launching his latest endeavor. He has two wineries signed and he isworking with other wineries which want to crack the U.S. market. He promises an update by the end of the year.

From the Florence Wine Merchants site it looks like one of the two wines will be Rignana Chianti Classico. That was one of two stops I made with Anthony and the wine is classic. It was one of the best, deep cherry, and smooth Chiantis I enjoyed during the entire trip. And it’s a very small producer. That’s often where you find some of the best and most interesting wines.

I’ll keep readers updated. If you like Italian wine, it’s going to be a business you’ll want to bookmark for sure.

In photos: Top Right, Finta at Corzano e Paterno. At lower left, getting a tour of the ancient cellars at Fattoria di Rignana

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