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    26 July 2019

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    Contrade dell’Etna 2019: Something in the Lava…..!

    • 26 July 2019 /

    Just back from Etna and the buzz & excitement of the ‘Contrade dell’Etna’ 2019 tasting, which took place in the Castello di Romeo in Randazzo, showcasing current and future releases from across Etna. The Contrade are small areas (within the larger Frazione) on Etna where vines are grown, and each is determined by a number......

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    24 April 2019

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    2014 in the Langhe – a complicated vintage giving fresh, complex wines…

    • 24 April 2019 /

    Two images stick in my mind from 2014: my car caught in a flood of water pouring off Serralunga’s vineyards at the end of July, & then in late September, smiling in disbelief at the blue skies & warm 22 degree days – as per my photo of Trediberri’s Rocche dell’Annunziata taken on 13th Sept shows! –......

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    15 January 2019

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    Isn’t it time we went Hybrid? The amazing PIWI world of Thomas Niedermayr…

    • 15 January 2019 /

    As the Langhe struggles in this humid 2018 year to keep a lid on rampant peronospera (downy mildew), with even organic farmers forced to treat their vines with sulphur & copper up to 15 times already this year, exceeding the organic limit of 6kg per hectare, isn’t it time we went HYBRID?! PIWI stands for Pilzwiderstandsfähig! Hybrid (not......

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    17 September 2018

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    Meet ‘Super Eagles’ Babatunde & Mojeed: the new members of the Trediberri team!

    • 17 September 2018 /

    Leaving their family & friends behind in Nigeria, in mid 2016 twenty-six year olds Babatunde (“Tunde”) & Mojeed (“MJ”) made the trek to Libya, meeting there & becoming friends in one of the many holding camps. The boat they then subsequently took to cross the Mediterranean capsized, unsurprisingly, with Mojeed saving his friend, Tunde’s life. On finally arriving at Lampedusa, they split up:......

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    14 September 2018

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    Alto Piedmont dinner with Bramaterra’s Mattia Antoniotti Monday 10 September, London

    • 14 September 2018 /

    Piedmont has recently been given a welcome boost, not just by the arrival of Sig. Ronaldo but by the news that Giacomo Conterno has bought the Gattinara cantina of Nervi. The latter a stamp of approval that confirms the sense of revival that now pervades the Alto Piedmont region; the former gambling that Juventus could......