Month: August, 2017

Beyond Barolo and Brunello

Tuscany and Piedmont may produce Italy’s most famous bottles, but they aren’t the only areas creating serious reds. Here, Chris Pollington highlights just a few of the other Italian regions making age-worthy wines Over the last 10 years, there has been a gradual, but undeniable, increase in the interest in Italian wines, to the point […]

Frico: a Friulian delicacy

As we focus on all things Italian, we asked Federica Pecorari – the winemaker at Lis Neris – for the recipe for a classic, local dish. Here, our Head Chef Stewart Turner explains a little more about the Friulian specialty, frico Frico is a dish from Friuli, an area of Northeast Italy with its own particular […]

Germany 2016: against all the odds

As we launch our Germany 2016 offer, our Buyer Katherine Dart MW reports on the conditions of the 2016 vintage and the styles it produced The 2016 vintage defied expectation. The first half of the season was incredibly challenging because of the wet conditions, typified by the significant rainfall. Indeed, Johannes Selbach commented that this […]

Grape or place on the label?

Why does a typical French wine label not name the grape variety, like wines from Australia, the USA or Chile? Here – in an extract from our introductory book Exploring & Tasting Wine – we explain a little about French wine law The red wines from Chinon and Bourgueil are made from Cabernet Franc but […]