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Riesling in Italy
28 Nov 2008 by Walter Speller
An ambitious tasting of Italian Rieslings held in Alto Adige on 8 Nov showed that Italy needs to focus on terroir if it wants to pick up the German gauntlet. This annual competition dedicated to Riesling, now in its fourth year, takes place in one of South Tyrol’s most remote corners, indeed so remote that it even confused the satnav system on my way up to this far northern part of Italy. It is organised at the same time as the famous Merano International Wine Festival, but the village of Naturns, the host of the Riesling event, is much less savvy in promoting itself. It’s a place where hotels carry names like Edelweiss and...

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