Delight in the wonders of the vine as famed wine expert Bartholomew Broadbent speaks with Alessandra CasiniBindiSergardi of the historic BindiSergardi family—famed makers of fine Tuscan wines. Born in the Italian city of Siena in 1976, Alessandra is the third of five children, and her family’s Sienese roots can be traced all the way back to 1349. Sip in 700 years of wine history as Alessandra discusses her family history, engages in a wine tasting with Bartholomew and answers viewers’ questions during the livestream.
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Acclaimed wine expert Bartholomew Broadbent is the founder and CEO of Broadbent Selections, Inc., consistently ranked in the top echelon of American fine wine importers. He followed in the footsteps of his late father, the prolific wine author and auctioneer Michael Broadbent, MW, and even apprenticed under him. Bartholomew has been touted on numerous occasions by prestigious publications such as Decanter and Wine & Spirits for his influence in the US wine industry. His company has also been nominated two times—most recently in 2019—for Importer of the Year in Wine Enthusiast’s annual Wine Star Awards. Moreover, for his expertise, Bartholomew has been invited to speak on a regular basis at all major wine festivals; serve as the reserve tasting director at Food & Wine’s Classic in Aspen for more than two decades; and judge the Decanter World Wine Awards and the Virginia Governor’s Cup.
Alessandra Casini Bindi Sergardi carries on the traditions of 22 generations before her as the CEO of Bindi Sergardi, famed for its fine Tuscan wines. Her family’s Sienese roots and wine-making heritage stretch all the way back to 1349. And upon attaining her master’s degree (cum laude) in economy and commerce from the University of Florence, Alessandra knew she wanted to keep this legacy alive. So, she observed the unwritten rule requiring a minimum of three years of experience elsewhere and worked in sales and marketing at the Antinori nel Chianti Classico winery in Florence. In 2005, she returned to Siena and began managing the wine sector of her family’s estates as director general. At that time, she also joined the local Committee for Female Entrepreneurship. And
since 2015, she has served on the board of directors of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium, which her great-grandfather helped found in 1924.