"So, from my accent you can understand that I make a tremendous effort to speak with a strong Italian accent," the elderly Boselli joked — in, indeed, heavily accented English — during an opening introduction.
"San Felice is a beautiful resort. Let me introduce to you a few basic points that I like to stress, that I like to underline," Boselli said, flipping through a slide show. "Just to give you an idea, you can see there where is Tuscany — we are in central Italy. We are in Tuscany, and Tuscany is a magic place. If you were not in Tuscany, I can tell you one thing: You didn’t live yet. So, please go to Tuscany in order to have an experience of what is life, OK?"
From a menu from the brilliant Bertrand Bouquin featuring squid ink gnocchi and halibut poached in black olive oil, diners sampled glasses of an '09 Vermentino, an '06 Chianti Classico Riserva, an '05 Brunello di Montalcino, an '06 Vigorello and a dried-apricot-like dessert '04 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico. To my palate, the interesting thing about all the wines was they seemed very simple, very straightforward. I didn't taste layers of rolling flavor; more, one bold taste, or even the lack of one — a quiet, almost clean and water-like, wine — seemed to carry each vintage.
See below for more pictures and menu descriptions.