Francone – comparing two big Italian red classics

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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 …

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Derthona – Solving a Cult Wine Puzzle

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Derthona Timorasso, Vigneti Massa

Derthona – Solving a Cult Wine Puzzle This unprepossessing bottle of white wine hides away a genuinely remarkable story worth telling. It has an attractive label, yet that gives away little as to the contents, where it’s from, or just how good it is. In the UK, Italian rare-grape geeks are most likely to recognise it. In Italy, it’s become …

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Peter Zemmer Riesling and Pinot Noir

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Zemmer Rolhüt Pinot Noir

Peter Zemmer Riesling and Pinot Noir A recent Wine Alchemy article introduced Weingut Peter Zemmer, from the Alto Adige (Südtirol) region of Italy. It featured his “cru” Pinot Grigio Riserva called Giatl. Rather than reprise that piece here, suffice to say that the Peter Zemmer operation is a family-owned winery in the south of the region, at Cortina ssdv. As is typical …

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Luce della Vita celebrates its 25th Anniversary 1993-2017

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Respect illustration by Anna Godeassi for Tenuta Luce della Vita

Luce della Vita celebrates its 25th Anniversary 1993-2017 In 1993, Frescobaldi released their first vintage of Luce della Vita. 2020 marks a milestone, as their latest release of the 2017 vintage is their 25th.  For any wine producer, the release of the new vintage is always an exciting moment. When that vintage marks a quarter-century, it’s even more special. Time then, …

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Gagliole: three authentic expressions of Tuscany

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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 …

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Malvirà Roero Arneis – stylish white wine in two guises

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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 …

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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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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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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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Luce della Vite from Frescobaldi – Luce 2016

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LUCE 2016

Luce della Vite from Frescobaldi – Luce 2016 In Italian, Luce means light. Light brings life. Hence the name of this Supertuscan winery owned by the Frescobaldi family, whose top wine is Luce della Vite. In 1993, this project released its first vintage. Back then it was a joint venture between two wine titans, namely Vittorio Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi. …

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