June 2011 archives

Alpine Nebbiolo from Valtellina DOC

It may surprise you to know, the most radical group of architects in the late 1960s came from the Duomo-dominated horizon of Florence. Calling themselves Superstudio, they critiqued the dominant idea that architecture is a benevelont force in society and questioned the impact of built environments on politics. Radical at the time, with their surreal […]

A Tale of Two Vineyards: Giacomo Conterno dinner at Zucca

When one of the oldest Barolo house changes guard, it is worth sitting up and taking notice. Cantina Giacomo Conterno is a great name in Barolo wines and was established in 1908. With the passing away of the formidable Giovanni Conterno in 2004, his son Roberto took the helm. There have been a few changes […]

Pure Pleasure State: Vermentino! (Amore, Amore, Amore)

The state of Vermentino is pure pleasure. So I raised my eyebrows to the challenge to show there were different styles of the vermentino grape. To me it is obvious: all vermentino seems to show a wave of glamourous flavour which ends in a quiet shhhh of reaching the shore. Whether the Vermentino is from […]

Top 5 Italian Reds from Waitrose Spring Collection 2011

As with the Italian white wines at Waitrose Spring Tasting 2011, the red wines are judged on my working idea of bella figura. Nearly all the wines at Waitrose are technically good, but what Italian reds can you find here that transcend the mundane and show individual style and a little extra flourish?