Category: Italian Wine

Drink in the sun-filled wines of the Italian Riviera

David Berry Green heads south of his hometown in Piedmont to the warmth of the Ligurian coastline to report on the intense and sapid wines of Cascina Feipu dei Massaretti The Italian Riviera, extending east from France along the Mediterranean coast from Nice (Nizza) through to Savona, became a popular holiday destination for the Brits […]

Could prized Barolo vineyard, Le Rocche dell’Annunziata, be ‘Vigna Grande’ (Grand Cru) material?

Piedmont’s recently introduced ‘sub zone’ classification system means that individual vineyards can be highlighted to promote greater understanding of a wine’s terroir. David Berry Green pits 13 Barolos, from the same vineyard, against one another to try and discern a typical character – and to rate their quality. The release of the 2010 Barolo vintage […]

Lightweight wines and heavyweight oxen go head to head in Piedmont

Forget mince pies and mulled wine. In the Piedmontese town of Carrù, ’tis the season for berry-bright Dolcetto and tripe, finds David Berry Green What’s the link between an overweight ox, il bue grasso, celebrated annually by the Piedmontese town of Carrù, and the slender (dare I say lightweight?) Dolcetto wine made by our newest […]

Italian vintage 2013 reports from Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia and Piedmont

The following reports are provided by Saverio Petrilli (Tenuta di Valgiano), Giovannella Fugazza (Castello di Luzzano), Paolo Benegiamo (L’Astore Masseria) and Nicola Oberto (Trediberri). Saverio Petrilli, winemaker at the Lucchesi estate of Tenuta di Valgiano records that they experienced a difficult spring, due to it having rained from Oct ’12 until June ’13. “We thought […]