Silvio Piona, Az. Agr. Albino Piona (Photo ©Tom Hyland) So many excellent whites from Italy, so little time… Recently, I was in the western reaches of the Veneto region near Lake Garda, tasting new releases of Bardolino. A bonus of this event was an additional tasting of a lovely white from the area known as Custoza, … Continue reading Custoza – One of the Best Italian Whites you probably don’t know
(Photo ©Tom Hyland) In a few short weeks, I will be in Alba for a special tasting called Nebbiolo Prima, an anteprima (preview) tasting of hundreds of new releases of wines produced exclusively from Nebbiolo. There will be releases of Roero Rosso from the 2011 vintage as well as similar wines from Barbaresco. But the highlight of … Continue reading Older Barolo – Terroir, Breeding and Class
In one of my recent posts about Alto Adige, I mentioned how much I loved the Cantina Tramin Gewürztraminer “Nussbaumer” 2012. For anyone that has been reading my prose on Italian wines for the past several years knows, this hardly comes as a surprise. I’ve admired this wine for years and believe it to be … Continue reading Nussbaumer Now – Nussbaumer Forever!
Vineyards in the St. Magdalener district, Alto Adige (Photo ©Tom Hyland) My last post dealt with the best whites wines I sampled at the recent Bozner Weinkost tasting in Bolzano in mid-March; for this post, I will write about the top reds as well as a few rosés and dessert wines. Most people are surprised to … Continue reading The Latest from Alto Adige – Excellence Defined (Part Two)
Pfitscher Gewürztraminer “Caldiff” – an Alto Adige gem! (Photo ©Tom Hyland) When people ask me which Italian regions are my favorite, Alto Adige is always in my top five; some days, it’s in my top three. It’s a remarkably beautiful area, especially when you view the northern sections where vineyards are tucked in among the … Continue reading The Latest from Alto Adige – Excellence Defined (Part One)
Silvio Piona, Az. Agr. Albino Piona (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I wonder how many Italian wine lovers pay much attention to Bardolino. I know I don’t try as much of it as I’d like to. There isn’t much attention paid to this wine and that’s a shame, as it’s quite charming as well as being very affordable, … Continue reading Bardolino – Variety, Value and Charm
Orlando Pecchenino, Dogliani, with a bottle of his 2010 Bricco Botti, one of 2013’s best Italian wines (Photo ©Tom Hyland) January always means starting fresh as well as remembering what came before. So it’s time for my annual look at the best Italian wines of 2013, but instead of offering a complete list (that will be … Continue reading The Best Italian Wines of 2013 – A different view