Vincenzo Mercurio (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Falanghina, planted in all five provinces of Campania, has been a remarkable story over the past decade, its identity shifting from a simple high acid wine to one of richness and beautiful complexity, thanks to a handful of the region’s vintners. One of those winemakers is Vincenzo Mercurio, with whom … Continue reading The Future of Falanghina?
Feudi di San Gregorio in Campania is an estate that is continually at the forefront of this region’s ever-changing wine scene. The wines are first-rate and the company’s president, Antonio Capaldo and his team are always looking at new ways of expressing the local terroir and traditions. Their newest wine, from a centuries-old variety, is … Continue reading Sirica – Feudi’s Latest Indigenous Gem
Greco vineyards near Monte Vergine (Photo ©Tom Hyland) In a few weeks, I’ll be at VinItaly, the huge wine fair held in Verona over a period of five days. Besides being able to taste wines from all over Italy, a major benefit of this event is to sample brand new releases, from be it … Continue reading 2008 Campania Whites
Another entry from my list of the Top 100 Wine Producers of Italy: In Camapania, where history and tradition play such an important role, new ways of doing things are certain to attract attention. When the Capaldos and Ercolinos founded Feudi di San Gregorio in 1986, their efforts did indeed garner a lot of notices – … Continue reading Feudi di San Gregorio – Top 100
Falanghina Vineyard of Mastroberardino (Photo ©Tom Hyland) For my final post of 2009, I want to salute some of the finest Italian producers of this decade. Each year in the Spring issue of my Guide to Italian Wines, I list the year’s best wines and producers. I’ll be working on that shortly, but for … Continue reading The Decade’s Best Producers – Part One
D Dolcetto A red variety grown in Piemonte that literally means, “little sweet one.” Light tannins, balanced acidity and juicy fruit flavors of raspberry, mulberry and cranberry. Dolcetto produces a wine that is very charming and easy to drink in its youth. E Erbaluce White variety grown in north central Piemonte; the most … Continue reading Italian Varieties – D to L
Along with some superb whites made from Greco, Fiano, Falanghina and a few other indigenous varieties, there are also some remarkable red wines produced in Campania. Without question, Aglianico is the principal variety of these bottlings. TAURASI The most famous Aglianico-based wine in Campania is Taurasi, produced from grapes grown in … Continue reading Great Reds of Campania – Aglianico