The Inside Story from Italian Wine Merchants

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Five Questions with Monica Soldera

Posted on | December 22, 2009 | Written by Janice Cable | 2 Comments


Daughter of wine legend Gianfranco Soldera, Monica Soldera has been raised with the heart and soul of Toscana. The Soldera family’s home sits in the middle of the idyllic Case Basse estate in Montalcino, a spot as known for Monica’s father’s Sangiovese Brunello as her mother’s rose garden. After obtaining a degree in Economics, Monica received a Master’s Degree in Communications from Bocconi University and pursued a career in marketing in the food industry until she was lured from Milan back to her family home. These days, Monica and her husband both work at the vineyard, alongside her parents, with her four children nearby. Wine is a family affair, and what a glorious affair it is at Soldera.

1. What one aspect of Italian culture did you witness in NY that made you feel at home?

New York is always fascinating to me! One reason is that I spent part of my honeymoon here many years ago. I always feel at home in New York; I appreciate the hospitality and also the smiles I see on many faces; I feel safe. Of course, I also experienced the signs of the economic difficulties, but at the same time I felt a lot of hope. Everybody seems to do his or her best for getting over the crisis.

2. Where did you eat in New York and what were some of your favorite dishes?

I eat in different restaurants—all of them great restaurants with high level of quality not only in food but also in service. The wines lists were amazing and I drank so many very nice wines. I met sommeliers with high professionalism. I appreciate all the restaurants where I eat, the fact that each of them was different in their style of cooking and the dishes they offer to guests. I also enjoyed the differences in the places, like the different architectural style.

3. What one thing that you can’t fit into your suitcase would you most like to bring home from New York to Toscana?

The smiling faces of the customers tasting our wines!

4. What is your best (or first) memory of Sergio Esposito?

Sergio has always surprised me for his knowledge and passion for fine wines. In addition, he deeply expresses the positive, sweet soul of people from South Italy. Most of all, I appreciate his respect and admiration for my father.

5. What one story from your trip would put a smile on your father’s face?

The congratulations everybody expressed to me for the greatness of the 2002 Soldera Brunello di Montalcino, its finesse and elegance, and its Sangiovese purity.


2 Responses to “Five Questions with Monica Soldera”

  1. Isaac
    January 21st, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    We recently spent a full day at Case Basse and were fortunate to have Monica and Gianfranco talk about their passion and philosophy (and of course, barrel taste his 2004…”no spitting allowed!”). A couple of quotes from Mr. Soldera that stand out are (hopefully accurately translated from his Italian):

    “We begin the visit of Case Basse in the garden because it is the best way to introduce our philospohy…”

    “Industrialized wine is more about making every bottle the same every year. We would rather work with what nature gives us, and it’s different every year…evey bottle is different; we want to give a unique experience to those that drink our wine…a way to give the people who pay for our wine pleasure.”

    After the tour and talk we were treated to lunch at a local trattoria where the Solderas free-poured their 2002 and their 2005 Rosso. Living a year in Italy, we were able to visit dozens of producers from several Barolos to Friuli to Alto Adige, the Veneto to other Tuscan producers…etc, but not one could offer the intimacy, passion, and generosity of the Soldera family and their beautiful wine. Truly a remarkable and transcendent experience! (I have many, many amazing pictures of the cute little man and his beautiful spot on this earth if you guys want to see them!)


  2. Janice
    January 22nd, 2010 @ 7:56 am


    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’ve not been (yet), but what you described sounds pretty much exactly what I would expect.

    I’m so glad to know that our readers are having experiences like the one you had. Thanks!


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