Forza Italia, Basta Inghilterra

Apologies to those who don’t follow the game of football (soccer) but last night was a pivotal night for the English football team. The qualifying stages of the European Championships played their final games last night and half of Europe held it’s breath in anticipation of making the Top 16 clubs that compete in the…

Italian Wine Food Matching

Italian wine has always been produced as an accompaniment to food. Wine for wines sake, wine that is simply to be enjoyed solo is a relatively new phenomenon and through the ages wine production, producing the perfect wine, has been the quest to create the perfect food/wine match. Wine variance through the regions of Italy…

Italian Wine Consortium

The Italian Wine world is composed of thousands of individual winemakers. 60,000 producers squeeze out 50 million hectolitres of wine each year and compete against one another to create the best Barolo, Brunello, etc etc. This is wonderful for us, the consumer, we have a seemingly infinite choice of wines all striving for supreme quality…

Italy Vs France- The Result

Well, the votes have been counted and verified and we can officially announce a shock win on behalf of Italy. The French wine was the stinker of the night and at €24 I can safely say it’s among the worst bottle of wines I’ve tasted. The colour and nose was all Bordeaux and for a…

France Vs Italy – The Countdown

If you thought the world cup football finals were brutal they will pail in comparison to this most epic of battles. The date: 17/11/07The time: 6pm CETThe location: My living roomThe event: Italy Vs France: Thanksgiving Drink Off. I hope noone will be sent off, I really pray noone will be headbutted but when feelings…

Domenico Clerico – Modernista

Domenico Clerico is one of the all time greatest producers of Barolo ever, period, full stop, kaput! The wines of Domenico Clerico have been growing in stature for a number of years now reaching fever pitch with his 100 point WS Barolo Percristina 2000. Trying to find a Percristina these days is something of a…

Tignanello 2004 Antinori – #4 Wine Spectator 2007

Whoop Whoop and Praise the Lord for Tignanello. Man am I one happy chicky! Wine Spectator have crowned the Tignanello 2004 the #4th best wine released this year and not only do I own it, stock it, sell it and love it; it’s cheap as chips! Well, relatively. The chips in London definitely! So here…

Italian Wine Ebay

The British abuse alcohol. We abuse alcohol so much that we can not buy wines on Ebay like the rest of the world, France, Germany, Italy and even the USA Ebays all sell wine. They all sell Italian wine. They all sell really good discounted Italian wine and us Brits are missing out. OK so…

Italian Wine News – Week 12/07/07

Italian Wine has news? Of course it does and I’m going to keep you updated on all the interesting little stories about Italian wine that crop up each week. So, without further ado, what is in the Italian Wine News this week?Italian Wine is reaping the rewards of the current fashion in the USA to…

Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2004 – Wine Spectators #7 2007

You’re reading the super old version of this blog, to go to the new blog visit www.wine90.co.uk Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2004 – #7The first Italian wine to make it into Wine Spectators TOP 10 of 2007 is really not a surprise to those in Italian wine. The Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2004 from Tenuta dell’Ornellaia got 97…

Barbera Wine

You’re reading the super old version of this blog, to go to the new blog visit www.wine90.co.uk Barbera Wine It’s a hardy little grape, the Barbera. When Nebbiolo has a bad year; step forward Barbera. So much of it was planted in the Piedmont over the past 20 years that someones hard work and dedication to…

Italian Wine

Italian wine is what this blog is all about right? Then today’s blog is going to go through the fundamentals of Italian wine. When was Italian wine first producer? Who is the most important producer of Italian wine? Who drinks the most Italian wine? So when did it all begin? Italy has been producing wine…