Pass notes: the most important Italian grapes (part one)

As we turn our focus to the fine wines of Italy, Chris Pollington compiles crib notes to a short-list of the country’s many hundred indigenous grapes – more than anywhere else in the world. Wine has been made in what is now Italy for at least three millennia, with invaders from all directions bringing their […]

The rise of the Super Tuscans – and the response

In the second extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine, Chris Pollington – Italy Specialist – describes how the arrival of French grapes in Tuscany produced a clutch of new wines – and helped to spark a revival of the region’s indigenous varieties. Sangiovese, the great indigenous grape of Tuscany, is heralded today […]

Italy 2011: ripe and (almost) ready

As we release the 2011 vintage from Italy, Chris Pollington – Italy Specialist and Private Account Manager – reports on how the country’s various regions fared, and what you can expect from the wines. After the great highs and lows of the 2010 vintage in Italy, 2011 saw a return to more homogenised normality; lovely, […]

What to drink in 2015: Italy

Chris Pollington, Private Account Manager in our Fine Wine team and Italy Specialist, reports on the bottles from Italy to unearth from your cellar and drink this year. Most of the great  Italian reds from the wonderful 2004 vintage are now coming of age and beginning to drink very well, a decade and a few […]