Category: Italian Wine

A trip to Tuscany and Umbria

As I sit back here in shanghai looking out over a drizzly, muggy, polluted skyline I find it hard to believe that only a few weeks ago  I was ciao-ing our way through the outrageously scenic Tuscan and Umbrian countryside. Blue sky, fresh air and even fresher pasta seem like another life away. Being into […]

Chianti Classico, May 2010 – a point of view

After visiting 41 Chianti Classico cantina over 11 days I now feel a certain grasp on what’s going on among the Tuscan hills. I also got a grip on the twists and turns in the road, aided and abetted by my mate Tom (Tom). True ‘he’ occasionally threatened to lead me up the garden path, […]

Revisiting Timorasso with Elisa Semino at La Colombera

I’ve just completed a two week, nearly four thousand kilometre tour of Lower Austria and Burgenland, the Mosel and Alsace, meeting producers and assessing the quality of the (very promising) 2009 vintage – something I’ll be blogging (on) about next week. In the meantime, and as way of preparation closer to home (in Piemonte), I […]

Interview with Claudio Rosso, President of the Langhe and Roero Consorzio

At the end of the month Signor Claudio Rosso bows out after three years as the (Honorary) President of the Langhe and Roero Consorzio, representing most – but not all – of the hundreds of (Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Moscato) producers in the region. Last week I caught up with him at his family’s Cantina Gigi […]