I enjoy most wine books – some more than others – as they contain information on any number of subjects, from grape varieties to history to producer profiles. Given the wide array of wines and wine regions, I’m grateful that so many are written and analyzed. Every once in a while, there is a wine … Continue reading A Masterful Look at Barolo Vineyards
It’s no secret when it comes to Italian wines that the finest examples are made from indigenous varieties by individuals that have been working with vineyards in their homelands for decades, perhaps even longer. It’s what the Italians call anima or soul, and it’s what makes these wines so authentic, so exciting and so distinctive. I … Continue reading One White, One Red, Two Terroirs. All Italian Identity.
Fiano vineyards of Mastroberardino in the Fiano di Avellino production zone. This is one of Italy’s greatest whites, but one that was not given its due in a recent Wine Spectator article. (Photo ©Tom Hyland) The May 31, 2015 issue of the Wine Spectator featured an article by Alison Napjus titled “The Riches of Campania.” Good headline, especially … Continue reading Campania Deserves Better
Why the 2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino will probably not receive 95 or 97 points in most major wine publications and why that’s a good thing. Sometimes, when you taste a wine, there’s more there than meets the eye (or palate). Maybe it’s just me, perhaps. After all, I’ve always had a critical eye … Continue reading Finding Reality in a bottle of Brunello
I will be attending the huge VinExpo wine fair in Bordeaux from the 14th to the 18th of June. I’m excited enough, as this will be my first time at this fair – indeed, my first time in Bordeaux – but this is a very special event for me, as I will be conducting seminars … Continue reading Italian Wine Seminars – Vin Expo
Sabino Loffredo, winemaker, Pietracupa, Montefredane, Campania His Greco di Tufo is one of Italy’s 10 greatest white wines (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I’ll get right to it – Italian white wines are among the finest whites in the world. If you’ve been tasting them over the past decade, you know that to be true (unfortunately, there … Continue reading Italy’s 50 Best White Wines
Given that each of Italy’s twenty regions are wine-producing territories, it’s inevitable that many products are overlooked. This is particularly true for white wines, especially in a famous red wine region such as Tuscany. Yet there are some distinguished whites from Toscana that certainly belong in any discussion of the country’s most distinguished vinous offerings; … Continue reading Vernaccia di San Gimignano – An Underrated Gem