Mountain Nebbiolo, Valtellina Part 2, Producers

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Mountain Nebbiolo. Valtellina Inferno vineyards

Mountain Nebbiolo, Valtellina Part 2, Producers In Part 1 of Mountain Nebbiolo covered the extraordinary wine region of Valtellina. First, there’s spectacular scenery. Also, it makes a compelling expression of Nebbiolo. These wines stand easily with their more famous and expensive brothers from Barolo and Barbaresco. Meanwhile, the Sforzato is a unique style of Nebbiolo. Valtellina wines are always worth tracking down. …

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The Alto Adige Wine Summit – Live At The Witch Trials

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The Witch Mountains, Alpe di Siusi

The Alto Adige Wine Summit – Live At The Witch Trials I recently attended the first Alto Adige Wine Summit, based in Bolzano, in Italy’s mountainous far north. Part of the activities included the most memorable wine event I’ve ever been to, the Wine in the Mountains tasting. It was in the Dolomites that tower over Bolzano, at over 2,000 metres. …

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The Story of Tai Rosso in the Colli Berici. Part 2, the Producers

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Tai Rosso Colli Berici

The Story of Tai Rosso in the Colli Berici. Part 2, the Producers While Part 1 of this article was about the Colli Berici DOC and its unique grape, this Part 2 covers five producers making authentic Tai Rosso wines in various styles. Find more producers at the Colli Berici Strada dei Vini website. These five show the potential of this …

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Valtellina – an ode to Mountain Nebbiolo Part 1

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Valtellina: Grumello

Valtellina – an ode to Mountain Nebbiolo Part 1 This article is about how I discovered Valtellina, a special place. One to return to, again and again. The discovery A few years ago, a glass of red wine was accompanied by the dread question, “what’s this?” On the first inspection, there was a floral perfume, high acidity, cherry fruit, tar and tannin. …

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The story of Tai Rosso in the Colli Berici, Part 1

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Colli Berici Tai Rosso

The story of Tai Rosso in the Colli Berici, Part 1 Last year I spent some quality time in the Colli Berici in northern Italy. These are the hills that rise out of the flat plains, between Vicenza and Verona. Here, in central Veneto, the Colli Berici was my countryside base for visits to these historic cities. As usual, the local …

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Book Review: Italian Wine Unplugged, Grape by Grape

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Italian Wine Unplugged

Book Review: Italian Wine Unplugged, Grape by Grape Italian Wine Unplugged brings something genuinely new and refreshing to wine books. In this review, I’ll explain why. For me, Italian wines are a treasure trove of history, culture, food, language, colour, scents and flavours.  There’s no denying that Italy makes great wines; in every region, in every possible style and at …

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Feudi di San Gregorio – all about heritage and innovation

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Feudi di San Gregorio Cantina

Feudi di San Gregorio – all about heritage and innovation Welcome to Campania, in the Mezzogiorno, beautiful southern Italy. It’s where Feudi di San Gregorio is, in the “shin” of Italy’s boot, some 50 km inland from Napoli. This wine producer became, in just a few years, an icon of the modern Italian winemaking renaissance. It remains one of the leaders in restoring …

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Etna terroir, the Burgundy of the Mediterranean – the Lava Lout Returns, Part 2 of 2

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Etna terroir

Etna terroir, the Burgundy of the Mediterranean – the Lava Lout Returns, Part 2 of 2 The Etna Terroir Part 1 of this article described how a Sicilian volcano bestows natural gifts to create the Etna terroir. But Etna isn’t one terroir; there are many variations. Welcome to the Burgundy of the Mediterranean. Etna’s volcanic soils are free draining, and low …

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Etna, or why I’m a Lava Lout – Part 1 of 2

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Etna smouldering

Etna, or why I’m a Lava Lout – Part 1 of 2 It’s how the Earth was made. At 3,343 metres (10,968 feet), Mount Etna (Mongibello) spits, snarls and smokes. All around is ash, black as death. Above us, the summit has four active craters, caked with yellow sulphur. Etna erupts almost continuously. As we climb to 3,050 metres, it’s …

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Campo alle Comete, Stupore. UK Exclusive!

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Campo alle Comete Stupore Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2015

Campo alle Comete, Stupore. UK Exclusive! The wines of the Bolgheri region, down on the Tuscan coast, excite me in a way few others can. Bolgheri has become a magnet for wine investment, and many famous Italian wine producers have expanded into the area. Bolgheri is primarily Bordeaux-blend land, where the Reds achieve a rare intensity and Sangiovese plays only …

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