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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The Great Vine – the World’s Oldest Grapevine

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The Great Vine, Hampton Court - Schiava

The Great Vine – the World’s Oldest Grapevine Where is the world’s oldest grapevine? Perhaps in continental Europe, where grapes have been grown for centuries. Or alternatively, in a place that’s a cradle of winegrowing, such as Georgia or Syria. Surprisingly, the world’s oldest grapevine is thriving in London. This is The Great Vine, which it’s now 252 years young. There …

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Brunello di Montalcino Terroir: Tenute Silvio Nardi 2015’s

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Silvio Nardi Brunello 2015

Brunello di Montalcino Terroir: Tenute Silvio Nardi 2015’s Tenute Silvio Nardi has just released their three 2015 vintage Brunello di Montalcino DOCG wines. This article is about how each one expresses their particular Montalcino terroir. Let’s begin with a little more about Brunello and why Nardi is a classic producer. Then we can see how these wines express their environments and …

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Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs – Book review

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Italy Terroirs by Ian D'Agata

Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs – Book review This article reviews a new wine book by Ian D’Agata, entitled Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs. It follows on from his indispensable previous book, Native Wine Grapes of Italy. Here D’Agata continues his focus on Italian native grape varieties. This time he shows how these can communicate a unique “somewhereness” in the wines made from them. …

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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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Chiesa del Carmine – an authentic taste of Umbria

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Chiesa del Carmine – an authentic taste of Umbria Chiesa del Carmine is a restored estate in Umbria, some thirty minutes north of the twin delights of Perugia and Assissi. It’s near to the Tuscan border, in a small limestone valley accessed from the river valley of the Upper Tiber (Fiume Tevere). This short article is about why their wines are …

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Zorzettig – fighting back against Covid-19

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Andrà Tutto Bene Zorzettig

Zorzettig – fighting back against Covid-19 Zorzettig is a well-known winery in Friuli. In these dark days of Coronavirus lockdown, it’s taking positive and practical steps to fight Covid-19. They are supporting the Hospital of Udine with the release of a limited-edition wine called Andrà Tutto Bene, which means Everything will be Alright. That phrase is on the label in eight different languages. …

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Albarossa from Bricco dei Guazzi in Piemonte

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Bricco dei Guazzi Albarossa

Albarossa from Bricco dei Guazzi in Piemonte What is Albarossa? Good question. It’s a relatively unknown Italian red grape variety, mostly grown in Piemonte, Northern Italy. Piemonte is famous for Nebbiolo (think Barolo and Barbaresco) and Barbera. And that’s a clue to this high-quality grape variety with an interesting backstory. While many Italian varieties have ancient origins, from mutations and …

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Tenuta Sette Cieli: above us only sky

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Tenuta Sette Cieli

Tenuta Sette Cieli: above us only sky There are many bright stars in the Bolgheri heavens. Bolgheri is the tiny Tuscan village that now shoulders a colossal reputation. These days it’s famous for those iconic red wines that rival or surpass the greatest wines of Bordeaux.  Much of Bolgheri is a flat coastal strip, but rolling hills rise not far inland. …

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