Giovanni Manzone and his son Mauro, Monforte d’Alba (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I recently wrote a post about 2007 Barolo; I sampled over 100 bottlings during my stay in Alba for the Nebbiolo Prima event in early May. That post focused on the qualities and characteristics of the 2007 vintage and how it compared to other … Continue reading Barolo- che preferisci?
Sergio Germano (Photo ©Tom Hyland) “In my opinion, the 2005 Barolos are the best balanced of the last decade.” – Sergio Germano, winemaker, Ettore Germano estate, Serralunga d’Alba Each year, I am invited to taste the new vintage of Barolo at a series of special press tastings in the city of Alba, only a few … Continue reading Reevaluating 2005 Barolos
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
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This past week I conducted a class at Perman Wine Selections in Chicago that included some of Italy’s finest and most famous wine types. I dubbed the class “Italy’s Killer B’s”; the wines tasted were examples of Brunello, Bolgheri, Barbera, Barbaresco and Barolo.
One of the joys of Italian wines is finding a wine like no other; Arneis, a dry white from Piemonte is one of those treasures. The word Arneis is roughly translated in local dialect as “rascal.” This is used to describe a youngster who gives his or her parents a bit of trouble. Arneis can … Continue reading Arneis