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!
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
My next post will feature the best wines I tasted during my recent 18-day trip to Italy that covered six regions. I will write about several outstanding 2012 whites from Campania, Alto Adige and Marche as well as some notable examples of Dogliani along with an excellent Alta Langa as well as several other wines. … Continue reading Terminum – Perfection
The Story of a Great Day in Alto Adige Text and Photos ©Tom Hyland Sundial at J. Hofstatter Winery, Tramin I’m fortunate enough to travel to Italy three or four times per year; thankfully, I never tire of it. Thus every day in la bella Italia, even if it’s cold and/or rainy, is a special … Continue reading Why I Love Italy – and the Italians!
I love the endless challenge that the Italian wine scene presents. There are always new varieties, wine districts or producers to be discovered. How can you not love the opportunity to constantly taste new wines? Kerner is a variety that is a specialty of one small zone, that of the Valle d’Isarco in northeastern Alto … Continue reading The Best Dessert Wine You’ve Never Tasted
I was told by a friend in Italy that the phrase “unexpected brilliance” really doesn’t translate very well, so I’d be better off using the words una sopresa magnifica – “a magnificent surprise” to describe a marvelous Alto Adige red wine I recently tasted. The wine – the 2009 Campill – is from a small producer … Continue reading Una Sopresa Magnifica
Vineyards at Cantina Terlano, Alto Adige (Photo ©Tom Hyland) When you think about the best red wines of Italy, you probably look to Piedmont and Tuscany or perhaps even Abruzzo, Umbria or Puglia. But when it comes to Alto Adige, white wine is most likely your strongest association with this far northern region. Yet, this area … Continue reading Elegant and Distinctive Reds from Alto Adige