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The third edition of the Vincenzo d’Isanto Scholarship, promoted and created by I Balzini, a Barberino Val d’Elsa winery, in honor of its founder, Vincenzo d’Isanto, belonged to the ladies.

In a warm day at the end of September, with the wine harvest almost finished, some of the most promising neo-sommeliers of the AIS delegation of Florence battled for the scholarship, consisting of a check for 700 Euros, equal to the cost of the third level course for sommeliers.

During the morning, the written test and blinded tasting took place. The candidates had to recognize a wine from I Balzini among five others. In the afternoon, the three candidates who had obtained the best results (Romina Ridolfi, Anna Maria Taccioli and Valentina Mannucci) met in an oral match, open to the public, during which they had to, among other things, tell the story of the winery.

In the end, in a tight final, Romina Ridolfi prevailed, to the satisfaction of Antonella D’Isanto, wife of Vincenzo, head of the winery. “The event made us extremely happy,” she said “and once again shows the importance of women in the wine sector”.

This is a sector which Antonella loves with passion: “To see the grapes on the vine, then in the cellar, to watch them become wine, and then age… is an incredible emotion. It repeats itself every year, every day”.

Matteo Pucci