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    10 March 2020

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    Nebbiolo & a Snapshot of Piedmont’s Patchwork of ‘Terreno’

    • 10 March 2020 /

    On our last trip to Piedmont it was fascinating to taste so many different expressions of Nebbiolo, especially from the re-emerging and captivating region of Alto Piemonte, as well as from the Roero, and the Langhe itself. Carema First, we visited Chiussuma, in Carema. Ok technically it is not in the official ‘Alto Piemonte’ appellation,......

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    25 October 2019

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    2018 harvest review from across Italia!

    • 25 October 2019 /

    Sicilia, Etna – Rori Parasiliti at SRC Vini counts himself lucky to have escaped the recent hailstorm that hit parts of Randazzo. “Uva perfetta”, he says! Flowering occurred without incident; August saw lots of rain, but September has been hot. Still a month to go, with quantity up 30% on 2017. Basilicata, Vulture – Luca......

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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......