August 2011 archives

Seeing Rosso: the economic and social impact of changing Rosso di Montalcino

Why? I keep asking myself, Why? I am seeing the news coming in from the Brunello Consorzio and it is exasperating! Why this constant push by the Consorzio to change the Rosso di Montalcino blend when most producers have clearly said no. Why is the decision that was scuppered in February back on the agenda […]

Prosecco is for girls

“She’s angry with us for dissing Prosecco – every girls favourite fizz!”* Sure. Prosecco is for girls. Just like My Little P ony and the colour pink. Peaches are girly and how much do you love those peachy, soft bubbles? It’s not as expensive as Champagne but it sure does look like it!!!** Get him […]

100% Lagrein (blink and you’ll miss it)

There are so many different and beautiful wines in Italy, blink and you could miss one. This is what happened to me recently after a spate of Italian tastings in London. It wasn’t until I looked back over my notes, I started to see a pattern emerging: 100% Lagrein. A red wine from Alto Adige, […]

Funhouse of Mirrors in Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is a funhouse of mirrors where¬†Sangiovese enters different rooms and finds certain flavours are emphasized and others shrunk until there is a confusion about where you are and what you are supposed to be tasting. Someone cries, “Get me out of here!” and you rush back out, full of adrenaline, back into the […]

A guide to getting more Valpolicella pleasure (featuring Stefano Accordini)

Just as folk music gets louder and more fun as the evening progresses, Valpolicella goes up in different levels of intensity and is often all the better for it. Understanding these different levels of Valpolicella opens up a world of drinking pleasure. But it is not always easy. There are traditional producers and modern producers, […]

The Super-Tuscan Snafu: Considering James Suckling’s list of Top 12 Tuscan wines from over 10 years ago.

When learning Italian, I have been told many times the most beautiful accent to learn is from Siena in Tuscany because Tuscans are the poets of Italy.   The language of wine in Tuscany is also very rich, with a long tradition of culture and history with interesting local idiosyncrasies, yet the recent past, dominated […]

Branko, Collio Pinot Grigio 2009

Don’t tell me this is a Pinot Grigio. Apart from just learning the Collio region has recently been wiped out by violent storms; this wine is proof that we have accepted a feeble lie about the Pinot Grigio grape for far too long. This is the real deal. From the North-East of Italy, on the […]