Tenuta Argentiera – You Got The Silver

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sustainability

Argentiera fortress

Tenuta Argentiera – You Got The Silver Tenuta Argentiera is in Bolgheri DOC, a winery in Tuscany at the top of the fine wine podium. From seemingly nowhere, Bolgheri enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. That was during this century, though now-fêted pioneers sowed the seeds some decades before. Bolgheri is one of several places in Italy where Bordeaux grape …

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WOTY 2022 – Wine Alchemy’s Wine of the Year

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Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, WOTY 2022

WOTY 2022 The Wine of the Year (WOTY) 2022 award from Wine Alchemy goes to Tenuta di Ghizzano in Tuscany and its owner Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini. Joint winners – for the first time As is usual, any Wine Alchemy WOTY must be inspirational. Tasting great is a given. But in addition, the winning wine must be genuinely sustainable, express both terroir …

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The Mimesi Project by Tenuta di Ghizzano

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Tenuta di Ghizzano MImesi, Drunk Turtle Amphora

The Mimesi Project by Tenuta di Ghizzano Tenuta di Ghizzano has been featured on these pages before, with two superb classically-styled red wine blends called Nambrot and Veneroso.  Their new wine project is called Mimesi, where current owner Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini employs ancient natural wine practices in a modern context. As Confucius once said, “study the past if you want to …

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Artichoke Sauce with Spaghetti – effortless sophistication

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Globe Artichoke ©Wikipedia

Artichoke Sauce with Spaghetti – effortless sophistication Globe Artichoke is tricky to pair with wine, and the usual culinary advice is don’t. Putting them together usually results in metallic or bitter flavours. It’s why the dressing for globe artichokes often employs the sharpness of lemon juice or vinaigrette. Wine-friendly they’re most certainly not. However, marinating artichoke hearts changes their flavour …

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Litorale Vermentino – Val Delle Rose, Famiglia Cecchi

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Litorale Vermentino

Litorale Vermentino – Val Delle Rose, Famiglia Cecchi I recently joined a great online wine tasting presented by Andrea Cecchi. His family wine roots date back to 1893, and they bought their first property in the sixties, Villa Cerna in Castellina, Tuscany. However, Cecchi’s enterprise has grown significantly. They now have three other Tuscan estates (another in Chianti Classico, San …

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MonteRosola, Emerging Tuscan Star

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MonteRosola Estate, Autunno

MonteRosola, 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 understand how MonteRosola and its wines fit into this delightful Tuscan landscape. Volterra claims the title, “the oldest town in Tuscany.” Indeed, various peoples had continuously occupied …

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Sella & Mosca, a unique winery in Sardegna

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Sella & Mosca

Sella & Mosca, a unique winery in Sardegna Erminio Sella and Edgardo Mosca founded Sella & Mosca in 1890. They came from Piemonte, transforming a poor sheep-farming area into an extraordinary vinous landscape. These rich men were also amateur Egyptologists. It’s commemorated in the winery logo, showing ancient Egyptians pressing grapes, from the tomb of Mereruka in Saqqara. The origins of …

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