Sample a ‘Super Tuscan’

Vessy Tyler
Sale e Pepe restaurant manager
  • Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions

Exquisite food, extraordinary wines and a perfect ambience make for memorable experiences, and these experiences often bring patrons to Sale e Pepe time and time again.

The experience of one gentleman, not so long ago, is particularly noteworthy. One evening, he joined us at Sale e Pepe with a simple request – a great bottle of wine and a memorable meal.

He ordered Saltimbocca alla Romana – thinly pounded veal topped with prosciutto, sage, spinach and one slow-poached organic egg, and to accompany his meal, he requested Sassicaia, a wine known as the first ever Super Tuscan.

At the conclusion of the meal, and against the backdrop of a gorgeous sunset, this gentleman made a decision to not only to return to Sale e Pepe again and again, but also purchase a home on Marco Island. And we have seen him many, many times since.

About Sassicaia

Sassicaia is so distinctive that in 1994, its extraordinary reputation was acknowledged with its own appellation, DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia.

Bolgheri may be relatively new within the broader Italian context - considering that Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world - but the region has made a significant impact on the Tuscan winescape.

Much of that is due to the success of Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia and its debut in the 1968 vintage. Before Incisa della Rocchetta, no-one would have imagined that a Bordeaux-style wine could be produced in Italy. It was less imaginable that it could be accomplished in a territory virtually unknown for winemaking.

Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape, whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Vessy Tyler is the head sommelier and restaurant manager of Sale e Pepe at Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Along with Marco Porto of chop239, Laura Owen of CJ’s on the Bay, Adamo Serravalle of DaVinci’s and Marco Prime, and Ivo Nedelchev of Sale E Pepe, she is a regular contributor to this column.