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
Piero Mastroberardino (Photo ©Tom Hyland) My recent 18-day trip to Italy was filled with so many great wines; this is part two of my report, focusing on the best whites I tried from Campania. One important thing that the newly released 2012 whites from Campania and other great white wine regions such as Marche and Alto … Continue reading Campania Whites – Best Wines from my recent trip (Part Two)
Ca’ del Bosco winery, Erbusco, Franciacorta (Photo ©Tom Hyland) It’s time to reveal a partial list of some of the year’s best Italian producers in my opinion. In this post, I’ll include a mix of estates from various regions, producing an array of wines from sparkling to white to red. The complete list of the year’s … Continue reading The Year’s Best Producers (Part One)
Cork of Villa Raiano, one of Campania’s finest wine estates (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I love the white wines of Campania, so it was a great pleasure to be invited to Bianchirpinia 2012, which was held in Avellino recently. This event, centered around anteprima tastings of the new releases of the 2011 vintage of Greco di Tufo and Fiano … Continue reading Campania’s Vibrant Whites
Learning how to pair distinctive Italian wine and food with a chef and wine director at Vivere, Chicago I’ve moderated numerous seminars and taught many classes on Italian wines over the past decade and one question that always comes to the forefront is “what foods should I pair with this wine?.” It’s a great question, … Continue reading Passerina with Spiedino di Capesante, anyone?