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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I Veroni Chianti Rùfina Riserva – verticale

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I Veroni Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG

I Veroni Chianti Rùfina Riserva – verticale Chianti has seven subzones besides Chianti Classico, the best-known region. Chianti Rùfina, (pronounced, in my best London accent,  Roo-fina) is the best of these. It’s a small enclave of 1,000 hectares at most, and probably accounts for only about 3% of all Chianti production. Perhaps it’s the only Chianti subzone to rival Classico …

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San Leonardo Rosso 2011 – my wine of 2016

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San Leonardo

San Leonardo Rosso 2011 – my wine of 2016 Gambero Rosso once described San Leonardo Rosso as one of the fifty wines that changed Italy. They have awarded their Tre Biccheri to it consistently, and it has become something of a legend in Italy. It’s from Trentino, which is a less well-known wine area. However, there are, as we shall see, some …

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The magic of Caiarossa

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Caiarossa head

The magic of Caiarossa Background Profile Caiarossa sits alone amidst unspoilt rolling hills in the Val di Cecina near the Tuscan coast. It’s a few miles north of the now-famous Bolgheri wine region. The blank canvas that was Tuscany’s coastal strip underwent a transformation a few decades ago. A slew of wineries and vineyards now occupy this previously virgin land, renowned …

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Majolini’s Ruc di Gnoc, Curtefranca Rosso

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Majolini, Ruc di Gnoc

Majolini’s Ruc di Gnoc, Curtefranca Rosso I visit Franciacorta as often as I can. It’s a lovely part of Lombardy that makes Italy’s finest sparkling wine. However, I also enjoy the still red and white wines made there, called Curtefranca. Majolini’s Ruc Di Gnoc Rosso is one of the very best examples. Making red and white table wines here have …

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