A 101 ON THE WINES OF ITALY (PART 2: Southern Italy and the Islands)

Firstly apologies on the radio silence on the blog front, things got a tad busy, but I’ve finally found a window of opportunity to get something done! In my last post I talked about the wines of Northern and Central Italy – home to many of the most well-known Italian wines and wine regions…think Chianti, Barolo, Amarone, Soave….the list goes on.  Having said that, for me (and I stress this is very much a personal thing), I am more excited…

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A 101 ON THE WINES OF ITALY (PART 1: North and Central Italy)

When I began putting together thoughts for this latest post it was initially going to be a one-blog piece, however I soon realised that I had bitten off more than I could chew and in order to do it justice (and not bore you all with a 10,000 word essay!) I needed to break it out into a number of parts so I’ve decided to look at it regionally, splitting the country into two: the North and Central Italy,…

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Wine Review: Fortezza Dei Colli Chianti Classico Riserva 2014

I hunted out this wine in LIDL this week after reading it had recently won a gold at the IWC (International Wine Challenge), not only that but it was in fact the lowest priced supermarket wine to win a gold! So what did I think of it… Vibrant ruby in colour with aromas redolent of predominantly red berries (cranberry, cherry, strawberry) alongside smoky dusty notes on the nose. On the palate this is a bone dry, relatively full bodied…

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