Luce della Vita celebrates its 25th Anniversary 1993-2017

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Respect illustration by Anna Godeassi for Tenuta Luce della Vita

Luce della Vita celebrates its 25th Anniversary 1993-2017 In 1993, Frescobaldi released their first vintage of Luce della Vita. 2020 marks a milestone, as their latest release of the 2017 vintage is their 25th.  For any wine producer, the release of the new vintage is always an exciting moment. When that vintage marks a quarter-century, it’s even more special. Time then, …

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Gagliole: three authentic expressions of Tuscany

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Gagliole

 Gagliole: three authentic expressions of Tuscany Gagliole is a winery based in the heart of Chianti Classico. It owns vineyards at two separate and distinctive locations. One is at Castellina, while the other is at Panzano, some 20 km further north on the Via Chiantigiana. This old scenic road links Florence with its historic and bitter rival, Siena. Now the SR222, this …

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Malvirà Roero Arneis – stylish white wine in two guises

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Malvirà Roero Arneis

Malvirà Roero Arneis – stylish white wine in two guises Arneis is a fashionable Italian white grape variety. It has an exciting story to tell and can make excellent wines. Two of those wines feature here, both from the Malvirà winery, showing contrasting styles. Malvirà is at Canale, the unofficial “wine capital” of the Roero DOCG, in Piemonte, northern Italy. Arneis is …

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Millésime BIO 2021 Organic Wine Fair

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Millésime BIO 2021 Event

Millésime BIO 2021 Organic Wine Fair Millésime BIO 2021 takes place in Montpellier, France, from 25-27 January 2021. It will be the 28th edition of the world’s biggest Organic Wine Fair. I’m looking forward to this event immensely. Millésime BIO 2020 was the last international event I attended because of Covid-19 disruption, and it seems likely that the 2021 edition …

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Craft Vinegar from Orkney – Time for an Acid Trip

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Orkney Craft Vinegar

Craft Vinegar from Orkney – Time for an Acid Trip The renewed appreciation of vinegar is a welcome food trend. It advocates using speciality vinegar, in cooking, as a condiment or even in cocktails. So many food trends turn out to be the briefest of over-hyped fads replete with dubious celebrity endorsements and dietary benefits. However, the rise of artisan …

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Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG 2018

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Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG 2018

Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG 2018 Ricasoli and the Castello di Brolio probably need little introduction to many lovers of Chianti Classico. It’s one of the most iconic properties in Tuscany. Indeed, opening a bottle from Ricasoli always brings back fond memories of visits there. Firstly, there’s that imposing castle, the Florentine Castello di Brolio, acquired by the family …

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Le Pupille – delicious summer drinking

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Le Pupille Terroir Morrellino di Scansano

Le Pupille – delicious summer drinking For many lovers of Italian wine, the Fattoria Le Pupille winery and founder/owner Elisabetta Geppetti will need little introduction. The name Le Pupille derives from the two farmhouses, (the Pupils), located on the top of the hills near the village of Pereta, in the deep south of coastal Tuscany. We are in the Maremma, in …

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MonteRosola, an emerging Tuscan star

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MonteRosola Estate, Autunno

MonteRosola, an emerging Tuscan star MonteRosola is a contemporary winery in the hills close to the hilltop town of Volterra in Tuscany. Volterra may be less familiar to some, so let’s start there, to get a sense of how MonteRosola and their wines fit into this delightful Tuscan landscape. Volterra lays claim to the title, “the oldest town in Tuscany.” …

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The Bushes Scream While My Daddy Prunes

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Pruning Machine: Bushes Scream?

The Bushes Scream While My Daddy Prunes When researching Biodynamic winemaking in Switzerland, I stumbled on an intriguing paper. A Swiss group of plant biologists and agriculturalists wrote Rediscovering Plants: Rheinauer Theses on the Rights of Plants.  Warning, there are controversies ahead. And questions too. Here’s one, Do the Bushes Scream while my Daddy Prunes?  Daddy walks the lawn; the grass …

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Rare Champagne grape varieties – this is their story

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Rare Champagne grape varieties

Rare Champagne grape varieties – this is their story Under the Champagne laws, three principal grapes are allowed in Champagne, namely Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Together, they account for 99.74% of vineyard plantings. However, there are also four rare Champagne grape varieties tolerated. They are all white varieties, namely Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier and Arbane. In France, …

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