Dievole: an authentic Chianti Classico is reborn

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Dievole Chianti Classico DOCG 2011

Dievole Chianti Classico DOCG 2014, Tuscany, Italy. 13.5% Here’s the new release of Chianti Classico from Dievole. This 2014 vintage featured at VinItaly 2016. I have tried Dievole wines before, but not recently. My old tasting notes say they were good. However, I found their Chianti Classico was a modern style; Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in new French oak. …

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Franco Manca Revisited – great authentic pizza

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Franco Manca

Franco Manca Revisited – great authentic pizza Where can you find great pizza? Originally from Napoli, Pizza has travelled the world as a street food staple. In doing so, it became much traduced. Napoli finally introduced a law that protects traditional pizza by specifying the ingredients and cooking methods. Fortunately, there is also great pizza in the UK. One such place …

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Espresso Martini – Up All Night

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The perfect espresso martini

Espresso Martini – Up All Night I love good coffee and fine alcohol, so unsurprisingly I adore Espresso Martini, first created by the legendary Dick Bradsell at London’s Soho Brasserie in the Eighties. It was originally called a Vodka Espresso. It has become known as an Espresso Martini although that is a slight misnomer because there isn’t any Gin used. …

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Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2010

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Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino

Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most prestigious red wines. This Tuscan region surrounds the hill town of Montalcino, 25 miles south of Siena. Brunello (along with Barolo) became the first Italian wine region to achieve the top DOCG status in 1980. Since then, the global reputation of Brunello has soared. Tenute Silvio …

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Masi Tupungato Passo Doble 2011

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Passo Doble

Masi Tupungato Passo Doble, Malbec/Corvina, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011. 13.5%, organic Masi is a heavyweight Italian producer making a superb range of wines. These include classics such as Soave, Valpolicella, and Amarone. The company expanded into Argentina and created Passo Doble in 1999. It comes from the Mendoza region at their high-altitude Vigneti La Arboleda vineyard; 140 hectares overlooked by the …

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The Anteprima Amarone in Verona

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FIJEV and Anteprima Amarone 2012 Exhibition

The Anteprima Amarone, February 2016 In February 2016, FIJEV participated in the Anteprima Amarone for the first time. This event occurs annually, arranged by the Consorzio di Tutela Vini Valpolicella.  Held for the thirteenth time in beautiful Verona, this featured the new 2012 Amarone vintage. However, there was an opportunity to discover the Valpolicella region and its various wine styles. There …

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Fasoli Gino – doing the right thing right

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Fasoli Gino

Fasoli Gino – doing the right thing right I love discovering less well-known producers that make exciting wines. Excitement for me is about wines that express terroir and the personality of the winemaker. Fasoli Gino is one. Amarone is an elegant and powerful dry red wine made with dried grapes. Now famous, its success has driven the resurgence of the Valpolicella …

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Cheese and wine matching: Top tips and classic matches

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Cheese and wine matching: ten top tips and classic matches

Cheese and wine matching: Top tips and classic matches It is hardly surprising that there is a long history of wine and cheese pairing as both products have long had local origins and identities. We don’t know exactly when and where cheese making started. Possibly it was when sheep were domesticated, around 8,000 BC. We do know for sure that …

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Aperol Spritz, a bitter-sweet memory

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Aperol Spritz - a bittersweet memory

Aperol Spritz, a bitter-sweet memory There are 300,000 glasses of Aperol Spritz poured every day in Italy. What makes Aperol spritz distinctive is the bright orange aperitive called Aperol. I first discovered it on the smart café terrace of Osteria Bancogiro. It overlooks the Grand Canal in Venice, sandwiched between the hedonistic delights of the Rialto and the Market. Memories made …

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What’s your Champagne Style?

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Champagne style

What’s your Champagne Style? While there is but one way of making Champagne, not all Champagnes are the same. Champagne is a blend of three essential ingredients: grape varieties, vineyards and vintages. In combination, they can create a particular Champagne style. Champagne is a protected word, meaning it can only come from the Champagne region. Most Champagne is a blend …

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