Collio Vineyards of Livon looking towards Slovenia (Photo ©Tom Hyland) During my recent visit to the Collio district of Friuli Venezia Giulia, I was able to taste several recently released white wines from the 2012 vintage. 2012 was a warm vintage, but unlike 2011, which was also quite hot, growers received a break with rain in … Continue reading Lovely 2012 Whites from Collio
The author pictured with the other four recipients of the 2013 Premio Collio I’ve been a fortunate individual to have traveled to Italy so often and to have tasted so many great wines and more importantly, meet so many gracious, warm people. Each one of my 59 trips has been special, but perhaps none as … Continue reading Premio Collio
I am being honored in Collio this weekend with the Premio Collio, an award that is given each year to the journalist who does the most to promote the region’s wines. This year, I am receiving this honor for the section on Collio in my recently published book Beyond Barolo and Brunello: Italy’s Most Distinctive Wines. … Continue reading An Award for me- Savings for you
I’ve addressed this situation in the past, but it bears repeating. Chianti Classico has lost a lot of luster and that’s a shame, as there are some outstanding examples. But the truth is that the consumer thinks of Chianti Classico as an ordinary wine, one that’s overpriced and too often, merely a red wine meant … Continue reading Chianti Classico – Restoring Some Luster
La Castellada Ribolla Gialla 2007 – an outstanding orange wine (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Studying the wonderful world of Italian wines is an exercise in discovering something very new and distinct at every step of the journey. If you’re someone who prefers a few select wines, you probably don’t understand the charm and the allure of Italian … Continue reading Orange Wines from Oslavia – Outstanding!
Lucrezia Carrega, Malabaila di Canale (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I’ve just returned from eleven busy days in Piemonte and as usual, enjoyed a great time. The food was especially awesome this time, being able to dine at so many special places (Felicin in Monforte, Tota Virginia in Serralunga and Trattoria La Libera in Alba – this last … Continue reading Some Favorite Wines from Piemonte not named Barolo or Barbaresco
Roberto Voerzio (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Roberto Voerzio was in Chicago yesterday. That may not seem like a earth-shattering statement, but when you consider that this celebrated Barolo producer was making his first visit to Chicago during only his second-ever trip to the United States, then you realize this was a very special day. There are several … Continue reading Roberto Voerzio – Memorable Wines and Words