Join culinary experts and childhood friends, Sommelier and wine expert, Dan Amatuzzi and Oleologist, Nicholas Coleman, in the beautiful Tuscan countryside for a New York Times recommended week of unforgettable and in-depth culinary exploration. At the 1000 year old Villa Montecastello, Dan and Nicholas will expand on their wildly successful Grove and Vine, olive oil and wine tasting events, and open the doors to local artisans and farmers lives. Wine expert and author, Dan Amatuzzi, will be your guide through the vineyards of some of Tuscany’s best boutique wineries in Montalcino, Chianti and San Gimignano, while sharing his in-depth knowledge of Italian wine and Tuscan varietals. Nicholas Coleman, one of America’s leading olive oil experts, will tour the groves with you, and teach you all there is to know about the olive.
Dan’s tenure at famed New York restaurants Del Posto, Jean Georges, Babbo, Otto, and Eataly have shaped the foundation of his wine experiences and expertise. His website, wineforthestudent.com, is based on wine and spirits education, featuring interviews with winemakers, regional grape descriptions, and wine recommendations. Dan’s most popular publication, A First Course in Wine, is a comprehensive guide to understanding and enjoying wine. In 2011, Zagat named Dan as one of New Yorks rising “30 under 30” culinary stars, and in January 2013, Forbes named Dan as one of the nations “30 under 30” to watch in the food and wine industry. Dan has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Radio, Cosmo Radio, WGN Chicago, NBC’s Today Show, and as Fox’s Good Day enthusiastic wine tasting host.
Nicholas is an international olive oil expert, educator, speaker and co-founder of Grove and Vine, a bespoke full-service olive oil procurement center. He has taught oil courses for Zagat’s Master Class, Bon Appetit, The International Culinary Center, The Institute of Culinary Education, Cornell, NYU and Columbia University, Platinum Country Clubs and to Mario Batali’s critically acclaimed chefs and sommeliers nationwide. Nicholas finished top of the class from The National Organization of Olive Oil Tasters (ONAOO) and was Chief Oleologist at Eataly from 2010-2017, during which he opened four stores with the company and trained thousands of employees. He has been a judge at The New York International Olive Oil Competition and the Sol D’Oro Southern Hemisphere Competition in Santiago, Chile. Over the past decade he’s developed and maintained relationships with producers from all over the world. He has been featured in The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, Food and Wine, The Los Angeles Times, La Cucina Italiana, Real Simple Magazine and Lucky Peach among others. He is an honorary member of the International Order of Disciples of Escoffier and a bicoastal professor for the International Culinary Center’s olive oil sommelier certification course in New York City and California.