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Category Archives: Italy
Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi, Azienda Agricola Tiberio, Pecorino IGT, Cugnoli, Abruzzo, Italia, 2021, abv. 14%
In 1999, when Cristiana Tiberio’s father Riccardo discovered this property and its rare Trebbiano Abruzzese vines in the middle-of-nowhere Abruzzo, emptied his bank accounts to buy it, and replanted most of it with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, more Trebbiano Abruzzese, Pecorino and … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, Pecorino, WHITE Tagged Abruzzo, Agricola Azienda Tiberio, Antonio Tiberio, Azienda Agricola Tiberio, Colline Pescaresi, Cristiana Tiberio, cugnoli, IGT, italia, Italian wine, Italy, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Moscato di Castiglione, Pecorino, Pecorino IGT, Riccardo Tiberio, Tiberio winery, Trebbiano Abruzzese, white wine Leave a comment
Verdicchio, Misco Riserva, Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva DOCG Classico, Tenuta di Tavignano, Ancona, Marche, Italia, 2017, 13.5% abv.
Tenuta di Tavignano is located in a valley above the Musone River which flows between the Apiennes and the Adriatic on Italy’s hamstring. Cingoli, known as the ‘balcony of the Marche’ since medieval times is just up the road, and … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, OTHER, Verdicchio, WHITE Tagged Ancona, Bianco, italia, Italy, Le Marche, Marche, Misco Riserva, Tenuta di Tavignano, Verdicchio, Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Riserva DOCG, white wine Leave a comment
Sangiovese, Vigna Piuca, Azienda Agricola Castellinuzza e Piuca, Chianti Classico DOCG, Gran Selezione, Greve in Chianti, Toscana, Italia, 2017, 14% abv.
I liked colleagues Melanie and Giuseppe right away. I had booked a premier tasting at the Casa Chianti Classico in Radda to learn more about the structure of Chianti Classico. We connected quickly over a conversation about Canadian fish and … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, RED, Sangiovese Tagged Ananta, Casa Chianti Classico, Castellinuzza e Piuca, Chianti Classico, Gallo Nero, Gran Selezione, Greve in Chianti, italia, Italy, Radda in Chianti, red wine, Riserva, toscana, Tuscany, Vigna Piuca Leave a comment
Sangiovese, Podere Scopetone, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Montalcino, Toscana, Italia, 2017, 14% abv.
We met with Loredana Tanganelli and her daughter Giada at Podere Scopetone on the outskirts of the old walled Tuscan town of Montalcino. Loredana and husband Antonio Brandi have owned the petite estate of only about 2.5 hectares since 2009 … Continue reading
Ciliegiolo, Silio, Tenuta Montauto, Maremma di Toscana DOC, Manciano, Grosseto, Toscana, Italia, 2021, 13.5% abv.
We arrived at the cellar door tasting room of Tenuta Montauto in the Maremma di Toscana DOC north of Rome after 26 hours of travelling and little sleep. Bleary eyed and compressed, I perked up considerably when we decided to … Continue reading
Posted in Ciliegiolo, Italy, RED Tagged Ciliegiolo, Grosseto, italia, Italy, Manciano, Maremma di Toscana DOC, red wine, Silio, Tenuta Montauto, toscana, Vermentino, Vermouth 1 Comment
Il Bistrot della Pasticciona, Lido, Roma
In March 2021, when the pandemic was so widespread that the entire world seemed to be shut down, and people were despairing of the future, I read an article about Italy and how people were struggling there. That’s when I … Continue reading
Posted in Italy Tagged camilla moccia, Il Bistrot della Pasticciona, italia, Italy, lido, ostia lido, roma, rome 4 Comments
Nebbiolo, Luigi Oddero, Barbaresco DOCG, La Morra, Piedmonte, Italy, 2008, 14% abv., C$100
From one of the truly bona fide, historic and traditional Barolo houses comes a 2008 Barbaresco. The Oddero family has been in La Morra since before the 1700s, and the seventh generation of family members is still in charge of … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, Nebbiolo, RED, Red, red wine Tagged barbaresco, Barbaresco DOCG, Figli Luigi Oddero, Italian red wine, Italy, nebbiolo, red wine 1 Comment
Lambrusco Reggiano, Frizzante Secco, Arte e Concerto, Lambrusco DOC, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2019, 11.5% abv., C$23
I was looking for something interesting to serve friends with some charcuterie, and realized I had a few bottles of Lambrusco hanging around, so decided to put them to work. The wine that is, not the friends. Lambrusco is both … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, Lambrusco, OTHER, RED Tagged bubbles, DOC Lambrusco, Emilia Romagna, frizzante, Lambrusco, red wine, Reggio Emilia, traditional method Leave a comment
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Avignonesi, Montepulciano DOCG, Italia, 13.5% abv, C$42
Avignonesi is Italy’s largest biodynamic winery, located in tiny Valiano, Tuscany between Cortona and Montepulciano. Its owner, Virginie Saverys, a former lawyer from Belgium, purchased it in 2009 from the original owners, the Avignonesi family, and has spent the last … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, RED, Sangiovese Tagged Avignonesi, italia, Italian wine, Italy, red wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Virginie Saverys, wine 3 Comments
Turbiana and the White Wines of Lugana DOC, Italy
I met Ambra Berardi of the Consorzio Tutela Lugana at the 2018 Wine Writer’s Conference in Walla Walla, Washington when I was looking for light and delicate white wines at the opening tasting reception. I was hooked instantly by the … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, Turbiana, WHITE Tagged Consorzio Lugana, italia, Italy, Lake Garda, Late Harvest, Lugana, Lugana DOC, Marangona Cantina, Ottella, Tenuta Roveglia, Terra Cotta Amphorae, Turbiana, Visit Lugana, white wine, wine 4 Comments