Francone – comparing two big Italian red classics

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sustainability, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

Francone Barbaresco & Barbera

Francone – comparing two big Italian red classics “The best way to arrive in Neive is to skirt the magnificent rows of Nebbiolo lining the road that leaves Alba and passes through Tre Stelle, then Barbaresco.” So wrote the founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini, in 1999. He went on to say, “Towards the end of summer, there is a stupendous array of …

Share this Post

Gagliole: three authentic expressions of Tuscany

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

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 …

Share this Post

Malvirà Roero Arneis – stylish white wine in two guises

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

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 …

Share this Post

Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG 2018

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

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 …

Share this Post

Brunello di Montalcino Terroir: Tenute Silvio Nardi 2015’s

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

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 …

Share this Post

Le Pupille – delicious summer drinking

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

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 …

Share this Post

Vernaccia di San Gimignano Vigna a Solatio

Paul Howard Articles, Italy, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

Vernaccia: San Gimignano from Casale Falchini

Vernaccia di San Gimignano Vigna a Solatio Riccardo Falchini bought the property now known as Casale-Falchini back in 1964. This was an ancient convent located outside the San Gimignano city walls, with forty hectares of vineyards and olive groves occupying the green rolling sandstone hills. From there, the famous medieval towers of the city dominate the skyline. He has worked …

Share this Post

Diversity discovery in Valpolicella, Part 1

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Travel, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

The Diversity of Valpolicella

Diversity discovery in Valpolicella, Part 1 Part 1 of this article explores the diversity of Valpolicella; concerning grapes, styles, laws, terroirs, and winegrowing philosophies. Then Part 2  features twelve recommended Valpolicella wines illustrating these features. So, what do we think of when we think of Valpolicella? Is it: A: A cheap red quaffing wine without merit produced in vast quantity for supermarkets? or B: …

Share this Post

Valpolicella – Discovering Diversity Part 2

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Travel, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

Valpolicella Marogne, aka Terraces

Valpolicella – Discovering Diversity Part 2 Part 1 of this article was about the diversity found in Valpolicella; in grapes, styles, designations, terroirs, winegrowing, and philosophies. This Part 2 features a dozen great examples of Valpolicella wines designed to illustrate these points. They are also arranged in pairs to compare and contrast. Such is the strength-in-depth within Valpolicella that on another day, …

Share this Post

Trebbiano di Soave – the comeback

Paul Howard Articles, Italy, Wine Reviews Leave a Comment

Trebbiano di Soave

Trebbiano di Soave – the comeback Trebbiano di Soave is, alongside Garganega, one of the mainstays of Soave. Under the current rules, Soave allows the inclusion of it up to 30%. Other non-aromatic white grape varieties now only have a 5% maximum. Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Manzoni are those that spring to mind. At the same time, it’s Garganega that’s …

Share this Post