Category Archives: Italy

The Wines of Piedmont

Piedmont means ‘at the foot of the mountain’. The region is enclosed to the north and west by the Alps and to the south by the Apennines, which seal it off from Liguria and the Mediterranean coast. Much of the terrain … Continue reading

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Sassicaia 1995 – one of the greats

Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Romanée-Conti, Yquem, Le Pin, Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises. We’ve all heard of some of the famous names in the world of wine. Names and vintages that resound with perceived greatness, of inimitable experiences. Words that are whispered … Continue reading

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The Best of Italy

As a follow-up to my post outlining how to get to grips with Italian wine labelling, I thought I’d illustrate the approach with a few examples of the finer and more common Italian wines seen on the export market. North … Continue reading

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Labelling Italians

What you may see on the label of a bottle of Italian wine is fairly similar to that on French wines. Like France, Italian wine laws specify two levels of ‘table wine‘ and two levels of ‘quality wine‘. Table Wine … Continue reading

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Six wines for summer

Summer is for sparkling and fresh and fruity whites (amongst other things!).  Here are six wines we had at a recent “summer wines” blind tasting. Prosecco Valdobbiadene Extra Dry N.V. (Vettori). Sparkling wine, Veneto, Northern Italy. Very pale lemon in … Continue reading

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A sweet wine tasting

Our coach and Senior Member of the Blind Tasting Society, Hanneke Wilson, treated us to a fantastic sweet wine tasting recently. I outlined some of the more common methods of creating sweet wines in a previous post; this tasting covered … Continue reading

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Primum Familiae Vini – Part 1

“A good bottle of wine is an empty one” – Christophe Brunet Primum Familiae Vini (PFV) – Latin for “The First Families in Wine” – is an exclusive association of the greatest family-owned wineries in the world. Membership is restricted … Continue reading

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