Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Giacomo Tachis, Transformed Wine-Making

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Giacomo Tachis, Transformed Wine-Making

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Giacomo Tachis, who transformed Italian winemaking in the 1960s and '70s with a series of innovative, French-influenced red wines from the Chianti region that became known as Super Tuscans, died on Saturday at his home in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Tuscany. He was 82.

The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease and heart disease, his daughter, Ilaria Tachis, said.

Mr. Tachis joined the Antinori winery in 1961 and soon began working with its owner, Piero Antinori, to introduce new grape varieties and such techniques as temperature-controlled fermentation and aging in oak barrels.

Most notably, he helped develop Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia, top-quality, long-lived wines that took the wine world by storm. Because they used French grape varieties that did not fit the definition of Chianti, the wines were sold under the lowly designation "vino di tavola"- table wine. …

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