Valpolicella Ripasso DOC – Supermarket Review 2018

Would a wine by any other name would taste so sweet? I doubt it, as Valpolicella benefits from a special production method that allows the wines to pack a fruity punch. We review the UK supermarket’s Valpolicella Ripasso offerings.

Casale del Giglio – The Kings of Lazio

Don’t tell anyone, but I have a secret crush on Casale del Giglio. A nostalgic, romantic soft-spot for the wines I first came to know as affordable local Lazio wines sold at Lo Zio d’America, my local wine store when I lived in Rome. In the following years I’d come to learn that these are…

Cervaro della Sala 2009

Name: Antinori Cervaro della Sala 2009 Grapes: 85% Chardonnay, 15% Grechetto Alchohol: 13% Classification: IGT Umbria While the world’s wine bloggers enjoy a jolly good knees up in Perugia at the #iwinetc, I thought I would pay homage to the event with a quick note on one of the very best wines of the region, Antinori’s…

Anselmet Wine – Wines from the Edge

I’ve been writing about wine for 10 years and like any obsession, addiction, hobby, as it progresses, your kicks are found by getting more and more niche, or lets be honest; geeky and out there. Wines from the far edges of the wine-world interest me, and as an Italian wine writer, I’m lucky that Italy…

Cesanese del Piglio DOCG

If Maximus drunk wine you can bet your bippy it was Cesanese del Piglio. Leave the monks their Est! Est!! Est!!! and the senate their sweet Mulsum, Casanese del Piglio is a wine for tough guys and Lazio fans. Cesanese del Affile (90% min variety in Cesanese del Piglio) is a difficult, stubborn little grape,…

Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2007

From a roundly touted vintage, Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2007 is the flagship wine from the estate of full time winemaker/part time artist – Bibi Graetz. A trailblazer for 100% old vine Sangiovese, Bibi Graetz has put the town of Fiesole firmly on the international wine map within a few vintages with his single varietal Testamatta….

Tignanello 2008

Antinori’s Tignanello 2008 reached the status of wine bling years ago. One of a handful of Italian wines (particularly Super Tuscans) set to climb in price over the next few years, out of reach for the majority of UK wine buyers as Chinese collectors and oenophiles begin to buy up Italian “status” wines. Was it only…

Foradori Granato 2015

Foradori Granato 2015 is the first wine from Trentino to make the Wine90 blog. Probably not surprising, there are only a couple of estates in this north eastern Italian province that consecutively turn out top notch vino. The best known producer in Trentino and the most decorated by Gambero Rosso is the exceptionally well known; Tenuta San…

Game, Set and Match – Italian Wine

You’re reading the super old version of this blog, to go to the new blog visit www.wine90.co.uk Game, Set and Match – Italian WineTodd Martin. You must remember Todd Martin? He was one of my favourite tennis players back in the early 90’s. On those occasions when I would drag my father down to that ivy-clad…

La Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi Montessora

You’re reading the super old version of this blog, to go to the new blog visit www.wine90.co.uk La Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi Montessora La Giustiniana’s Gavi di Gavi Montessora is hands down one of the best value white wines from the Piedmont. La Guistiniana are one of the few producers in the area whose chief aim…

Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl

You’re reading the super old version of this blog, to go to the new blog visit www.wine90.co.uk Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl was the wine chosen by Twitter poll last night over the Portuguese Dao (which I also opened but was far far less impressed with) for my Saturday night spent…

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…