Tag: Italy

Report on my visit to Abruzzo, as we gear up for Berrys’ ‘Grand Tour’ Italian annual tasting

Ask any northern Italian where Abruzzo lies and they’ll more likely dismiss the region as being in the South, populated by ‘terrone’ (a pejorative term for ‘southerners’) supplying bulk wine (for the benefit of the north); in reality the Abruzzese seem a measured, impressive bunch whose fruit is being increasingly bottled (not sold off), and […]

The Fine Wine Team Visit Piedmont

Piedmont is without doubt the most beautiful vineyard region I have ever seen. It combines the discreet valleys and small vineyards of Burgundy, with a stunning landscape reminiscent of the Douro’s striking slopes. Driving south from Turin you are greeted by the fertile plains of the Po Valley, which for millennia have been a cross […]

Berrys’ Giro d’Italia 2013 – Vini Italiani for Everyday Drinking

This past year I’ve been ‘on my bike’ racing round the peninsula, snapping up authentic, delicious wines to offer you as part of a comprehensive range for drinking today or tomorrow. Approaching it in stages, our ‘Giro d’Italia’ kicks off in the South. Sicily’s Alberto Graci, on the slopes of volcanic Monte Etna, treats us […]

‘Italy and the American Palate: debunking the myth’ or should that be ‘Made in Italy, Sold in America’?

Living in the Langhe since 2009, and buying wines for London wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd now for over a decade, including spells promoting Australian, New Zealand, South African, Californian and French wine, I’ve been amazed and saddened by the overwhelming influence of the predominantly US press on the styles of wine produced here […]