Tag: Italy

School’s out! Examinations are over! Slow Food launches new wine guide…

It’s been a week of contrasting approaches to wine appreciation and assessment. It kicked off with the first ever visit to Piedmont by Berrys’ Hong Kong sales team. Then there was the tasting of Barolos from the 2001 vintage, as organised by Decanter Magazine. And finally we all headed to Turin’s Stade Olympico to attend […]

Nailed! The 2010 Piedmont harvest summary & news from elsewhere in Italia

  As I write, the last of the Nebbiolo is being harvested, notably by Mario Fontana (Cascina Fontana) and Davide Rosso (Giovanni Rosso). This year I struggled up the hill to talk to Ferdinando Principiano in his vertical Barolo Ravera vineyard, Luca Roagna in the gem of a Barbaresco site: Montefico, ‘newboy’ Pier Bovone at Cornarea […]

Roll up! roll up!…and meet our new star estate from the Roero: Cornarea!

If you, like me, have a wee problem rolling your ‘r’s then exploring the Roero region just north of Alba can prove to be a tongue-twisting experience. Some would say – with a perfect roll if they’re oh-so lucky – that the Roero is best left to growing (exquisite) apricots. Compared to the orderly, monocultural […]

Getting to know Nebbiolo

Working on Berrys’ Wine Blog has many advantages – being able to read the latest news and meet top producers are just a couple of them – but it does have one drawback: it makes you very envious. So, not that I needed any other incentive, I was delighted to be a part of a […]