Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche

Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche 2000 The Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche is a masterclass in Barolo. The wine that accompanied my Boxing day dinner was, without doubt, the best wine I’ve had all month and for €49 I am talking about a wine that is a freakin’ STEAL! I recommend a lot of Italian wines every…

Boxing Day Wine

Howdy Winos,It’s always a sad time of the year when you can’t blame your wine drinking on the season, with Boxing Day upon us it’s my last official reason to drink fine Italian reds for, ooh, 5 more nights. My range of Christmas wines this year has included some mighty fine Barbarescos, Brunellos and Primitivos…

New Year in Rome

Greetings Italian Wine Fans, How are you all doing? It’s my last day at work before the Xmas break and I’m very excited to be spending another festive period in the world’s first city. The New Year in Rome is a fantastic celebration, everybody packs the central Piazzas, Navona, Del Fiori, Del Popolo and a…

Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto

Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto For those who don’t know, I’m involved with a company selling Italian wine to the rest of the EU. Presently our top selling wine is this one, the Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto. We stock Gaja, we stock Planeta, we stock Antinori and yet, this bottle is outselling any of these wines…

Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi

Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1989 Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1989 is universally agreed among wine experts to be one of the best Barolos produced by Scavino and one of the best wines produced anywhere that year. 1989 was a year of German wines in my homeland, the UK. Blue Nun and Liebraumilch were all the…

Planeta Chardonnay

Planeta Chardonnay 2006 is quite possibly the best Chardonnay I’ve ever tasted and for QPR, probably the best white wine out there in the €20 price range. The Sicilian powerhouse “Planeta” has done it again, creating a fabulous wine that, together with their Syrah, must be two of the best mid priced wines certainly in…

Italian Chardonnay

Italian Chardonnay Italian Chardonnay may not be as famous as its French or Californian counterparts but, for my money, is improving year after year and the unique Italian soil is adding something a bit different to this most famous white wine. I’m no fan of white wine, but Italian Chardonnay, especially at the top end…

Travaglini Gattinara

Travaglini Gattinara 2003 Gattinara is a very hard wine to perfect but the people at Travaglini are surely among the very best producers in Italy. Certainly WineSpectator thought so with the Travaglini Gattinara 2003 making the top 100 this year. This wine has a reputation as the “poor mans Barolo” but over the past 10…

Italian Wine News – Week 13/12/07

Italian Wine News EU Cash for Crops The European Commission will allocate 101.1 million euros ($147.8 million) for the Italian wine industry for the period of 2007-2008, European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel announced. The sum granted from the Commission to Italy is for the conversion of 12,279 hectares of vineyards. For…

Falesco Tellus

Falesco TellusI’m back from the USA and not a moment too soon. More about that later but I’d like to start with a bargain Italian wine from my home county of Lazio and from one of the countries largest producers, Falesco. I’ve mentioned the Falesco Tellus before but it’s so versatile that I think it’s…