• Garbole – The mad dreamers of Valpolicella

    It felt like seeing the painting of Pablo Picasso for the first time. Cubic, awkward angles, mangled and aloof. There is a sense of disagreement among all the senses. The colours of the brand, purely black and red, seems to scream danger. The wines are non-conforming and they speak a message, you don’t have to like them.

    The Finetto brothers, Ettore and Filippo, came from the little-known town of Tregnano, in the uphill spot of Val d’Illasi. Here, the average temperature is cooler due to the higher average altitude, the humidity is also lower compared to the Classico area which is closer to Lake Garda. And if anyone needs a big name to remind them of the quality of this valley, then it is worth noting that Dal Forno is just a short distance away from Garbole. However, these wines do not need the affirmation of big brands, since the quality within the glass can speak for themselves.

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  • 2014 Barbarescos: Triumphs and Question Marks

    The early reports on the 2014 vintage through much of Europe were not optimistic: rain, lots of it. In some places, it lasted through the spring. In parts of Italy, it carried on through much of the growing season.

    Farmers depend on rain when it comes at the right time and in the right amount to keep their vines healthy. But too much, combined with warm temperatures and plenty of humidity, can be a disaster, leading to mildew, fungus and rot. Yields can be diminished and, without the utmost care, the quality of the wines can be harmed.

    Yet to the surprise of many people who follow vintage reports as if they were the gospel, the wines from some areas where gloom was deepest have turned out surprisingly well. Continue reading 2014 Barbarescos: Triumphs and Question Marks

  • Why you should be drinking organic wine

    Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.
    But organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers. Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.


    An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. Continue reading Why you should be drinking organic wine

  • Organic, Bio-dynamic and Vegan

    Pievalta Castelli di Jesi Winery: Pioneers of Biodynamic Agriculture in Le Marche

    The Pievalta Castelli di Jesi Winery, located in Le Marche, was founded in 2002 with biodynamic agriculture in mind. Silvano Brescianini of Barone Pizzini spotted the potential of the Verdicchio grape and decided to acquire the property. He recruited Alessandro Fenino, a young enologist from Milan, to manage this newly acquired land. Thus began the story of this pioneering winery.

    Fenino studied the Verdicchio grape and decided to farm the estate, adhering to purely organic methods. In 2005, he implemented a biodynamic conversion of the vineyards. In growing cover crops between vineyard rows “green manure,” Fenino successfully reactivated the soil, while stimulating the growth of many other plants, too. His method acts as a kind of organic renaissance for the vineyard. Continue reading Organic, Bio-dynamic and Vegan

  • A 645-GRAM WHITE TRUFFLE HAS BEEN CROWNED “ROYAL TRUFFLE 2016”

    A 645-gram Tuber Magnum Pico valued at 3.000 euros is the “Royal Truffle 2016”, crowned at the “International White Truffle Fair in Alba” (edition 86, until November 27th). The annual award is given for the best truffle found in the hills of Langhe, Monferrato and Roero (the hunter, from San Marzano Oliveto, was David Curzietti, selector of Le Trifole of Curzietti David). Continue reading A 645-GRAM WHITE TRUFFLE HAS BEEN CROWNED “ROYAL TRUFFLE 2016”

  • WORLD VINEYARDS COVERED 7.5 MILLION HECTARES IN 2015

    In 2015, world vineyards, regardless of the intended end use of the grapes and the vineyards and including those not yet in production, covered 7.5 million hectares, which is 28.000 hectares less than 2014. The Chinese vineyard confirms its second place worldwide, and reported an increase of 34.000 hectares, which is more or less the same amount the European Union lost during the

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