Tag: Italy

‘Nebbiolo nobile’ event in Serralunga d’Alba, Piedmont…

It’s very simple: everyone’s heard of Barolo and Barbaresco but few realise that the grape behind these two wine styles is Nebbiolo. And that when you plant, harvest, vinify and age Nebbiolo grape to be made as ‘Langhe Nebbiolo’ or ‘Nebbiolo d’Alba’ DOC, you’ll quite likely to be treated to a great value, perfumed early […]

Digesting 2010 and laying the table for Italia 2011

There’s been quite a lot to stomach of late, and I’m not just referring to the festive roll of cotechino e lenticchie (sausage and lentils), cappone (capon), marron glaces, and panettone. No, at the turn it’s perhaps worth reflecting on what’s been served up wine wise from Italia over the past 12 months, and what’s […]

Christmas with all the trimmings

I love this time of year. Christmas is just around the corner and shining like a beacon of warmth and cheer in the deepening darkness of winter. The food, the wine, the company and the fun – what better reward at the end of a long, hard year? Throughout St James’s the window displays offer […]

There’s a riot goin’ on…the latest rumblings from Italy

Against the backdrop of Berlusconi’s Houdini escape and subsequent civilian unrest along Rome’s ancient streets, there’s marked discontent in the Langhe hills at the way another such imprenditore (businessman), Oscar Farinetti, is conducting his affairs. As managing director and transitory custodian of Fontanafredda, the historic cantina/institution once belonging to Italy’s royal Savoia family he has […]