Couple of interesting wine events this weekend around Florence and Chianti. The first starts tonight and also runs Saturday and Sunday - we are planning on going so I will to try report back later and post some photos. It is the fourth annual "100 Wines of Italy" and will be at the Hotel Relais Certosa just outside Florence. 10 € for a tasting glass and 100 wines from all over Italy. For more information I would call 055 237 3267 - I went to the website, but it is very outdated and wasn't much help.
The second big event is "Cantine Aperte" or "Open Cantina Day" - the official day is Sunday, but some wineries will be open on Saturday too. Over 100 wineries in the region will be open and there will be wine makers on hand to talk about their wines. I know that Castello Verrazzano is participating, and we hope to drive down on Sunday and visit there and a couple of others. Here is a link to a PDF file with a map and the list of participating wineries.