Favorite Italian Wines of the Year – 2014

  Franco Massolino produced one of the year’s best wines with his 2010 “Parussi” Barolo (Photo ©Tom Hyland) ___ Note: Early March may seem like a strange time to write about the best wines from last year, but health problems forced me to delay this post for more than a month. I’m at home recovering from …

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Premio 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

Friuli – The Great Whites of Collio and Colli Orientali

Located in the far northeastern reaches of Italy, Friuli is one of the country’s most distinctive wine regions. Though some intriguing reds and a few remarkable dessert wines are made here, it is the singular white wines that give this region its strongest viticultural identity. There are nine different DOC districts in Friuli; the most … Continue reading Friuli – The Great Whites of Collio and Colli Orientali

Odds and Ends – My Favorites from VinItaly

A stunning Franciacorta, some gorgeous 2009 whites and that Vermentino Nero: Robert Princic, Proprietor, Gradis’ciutta, Friuli (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Back from another VinItaly and bursting with dozens of beautiful wines I’d like to talk about – and I didn’t even get to taste any wines from Abruzzo, Alto Adige or Sicily. Here are thoughts on … Continue reading Odds and Ends – My Favorites from VinItaly