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
Renato Ratti Winery, Annunziata (Photo ©Tom Hyland) A few months ago, I assembled the choices of several Italian wine authorities regarding Brunello di Montalcino. Today, we turn our attention to Barolo.
Text and photos ©Tom Hyland 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