A taste of the Tuscan Sun | Take a trip to Tuscany this weekend – its as close as the Morrocroft Harris Tetter

HEIDI BILLOTTO FOOD Frances Mayes, the bestselling author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” brings her line of Tuscan Sun Wines to Charlotte  tomorrow on Saturday Nov 22. If you’ve been waiting to go ot the gorcery store this week -tomorrow between 3 and 6 pm might be the best time to visit the Morrocroft Harris Teeter,
In partnership with Curious Cork Imports and distributed in North Carolina by Fine Wine Trading Company, each  of the Tuscan Sun Wines, now available to the Charlotte wine loving market, was hand-selected by Mayes herself to embody a different concept that touches on the Tuscan lifestyle.

Frances Mayes will meet fans and sign bottles  ( and I’lbe you get her to sign copies of any one of her books, too) on Saturday, November 22, 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Harris Teeter Morrocroft at 6701 Morrison Blvd in Charlotte. The Tuscan Sun Wines collection includes three reds and one white. Each wine has an Italian name and an English translation and showcases the unmistakable vision of Frances Mayes that has become an international sensation since the publication of “Under the Tuscan Sun”:

wine glassesPensiero (A little gift) is a light and refreshing pour that is 100% Pinot Grigio

Permesso (May I come in?) is bolder, this one 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Tondo Tondo (Just perfect) is a bit richer and is made of 100% Sangiovese grpaes

While the Auguri (My best to you) is a terrific blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

Anyone of these wines would be a great addition to your Thanksgiing table or use the holiday as an opportunity to try several of these reasonably priced wines.


Frances Myers, author of under the Tuscan Sun, makes North Carolina her home away from italy

Frances Myers, author of under the Tuscan Sun, makes North Carolina her home away from italy

“These wines bring to life a sense of wonder through the simple joys that my life in Italy has given me,” says Mayes. “I hope that by sharing them with the world, others can also attain a bit of the enjoyment I’ve gained from my experience here, if only for a moment as they sip these glorious wines.”

If you saw the mon=vie “under the Tuscan Sun” then you already know a good part of Frances’ story Since settling in Italy more than 20 years ago, Frances Mayes has gone from being a proud resident of Cortona to one of its most esteemed citizens, as well as Tuscany’s literary favorite, penning titles including “Under the Tuscan Sun;” “Bella Tuscany;” “Every Day in Tuscany;” “Bringing Tuscany Home;” “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook;” “A Year in the World;” “Shrines: Images of Italian Worship;” “Italy: Where to Go When;” “Swan,” her first novel; and “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir” released April 1, 2014. A prolific writer and poet, the phenomenon that is FrancesMayes now grows with the launch of Tuscan Sun Wines.

What you may not know about Mayes is that she is originally from Georgia, and when not in Italy, she and her husband make their home in Hillsborough, NC!

Frances has deep roots in the Charlotte area. Mayes’ father was born in Mayesworth, near Charlotte, where her great-grandfather, John Henry Mayes, was a major industrialist. His house, now on the National Historic Register, still stands in Charlotte at 435 East Morehead Street and is occupied by the law office of Wyatt & Blake. “It’s surrounded by freeways and tall buildings—the only petunia in the onion patch,” Mayes says of the 1902 historic landmark.

The town of Cramerton, originally Mayesworth, where John Henry Mayes established mills, is still anchored byMayes Manufacturing buildings and was the birthplace of Frances’s father, Garbert Mayes. The original mill, Mayessays, featured “enlightened work environments, with ample space for sports and other humane aspects.” On Mayes‘ great-grandmother’s side, Sarah America Gray, her father, George Gray, started the major mills—largest in the world at that time—Loray in Gastonia.

Frances now divides her time between homes in Italy and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.francesmayesbooks.com.

Visit www.tuscansunwines.com for more information about the wines.

For Information about the John and Idella Mayes House: http://tinyurl.com/mayeshouse

A history of Loray Mills in Gastonia: http://www.textilehistory.org/LorayMills.html

Event details:
Saturday, November 22
Tuscan Sun Wines bottle signing and wine tasting with Frances Mayes
3-6pm at Harris Teeter Morrocroft, 6701 Morrison Blvd Charlotte, NC 28211

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