Tag: Italy

Italy’s 2011 harvest begins with Cerutti’s Moscato…

I kick off this year’s coverage of Italy’s harvest with Gianmario Cerutti picking his delicious 2011 Moscato. Under sunny skies and a welcome, if stiffening, breeze Gianmario chose to harvest this year’s crop a couple of weeks ahead of last year. The burning sun of the past three weeks had clearly left its mark on […]

Say ‘Ciao!’ to Berrys’ new Chianti, plus the latest news on Italy’s 2011 vintage

Indeed it’s time to say ‘hi’ to  Berrys’ new Chianti, that  in the 2010 vintage comes to us courtesy of the fine Chianti Classico estate of Badia a Coltibuono. And to celebrate the occasion it’s even sporting a fresh new look; the crisp white label reflecting the bright vibrancy of the sapid Sangiovese fruit. Being […]

“Guarda il calor del Sol che si fa vino…” Introducing Valpolicella’s Monte dei Ragni estate…

“Look how the warmth of the sun makes wine” Dante Alighieri in his acclaimed 14th century  poem, The Divine Comedy, reminds us of nature’s ability to transform and elevate the humble grape into a work of art; turning water into wine. Far from being a ‘classicist’ – although I sense I have a taste for […]

(Tasting) notes from a small isle, Sardegna…

I’m back from a long weekend’s break staying on the south eastern corner of Sardegna, close to Cagliari. And of course I couldn’t resist following up a couple of (wine) leads: one a large producer, the other not so large… Sealed with the Treaty of London, Sardegna’s annexation to the Duchy of Savoia back in […]