Although the Bordeaux vintage rumour mill traditionally starts to spin almost before grapes are visible on the vine, Italy is much more cautious about vintage predictions. This may have to do with...
The 2010 vintage in Italy will be remembered as among the least productive in terms of quantity and perhaps the most sparse. Overall quality is good, with scattered excellence here and...
See also Walter's introduction to Barolo 2009 and his 218 tasting notes .
The 2010 season was not unlike this year, when an abundance of rain has created huge fungal pressure...
The fourth anniversary of Nebbiolo Prima, held in Alba, brings us yet another feast of articles from Walter Speller, who braved the wall of tannins and acidity to bring us the great, the good, the...
If you can’t say anything nice…
That is a little how I felt after having tasted the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines at this year’s en primeur presentation of them. That feeling was...
See also Chianti Classico - no shortage of news . Although the annual presentation of the Chianti Classico vintages – at which I tasted the following 150 wines – is not a real en primeur in...
While the general impression of Italy's 2010 vintage is one hampered by cool temperatures and lots of rain (see Vintage 2010 - Italy ), more specific reports emerging from Piemonte hint at one...
Politics encroached upon the British restaurant industry briefly in 1994 when Tony Blair famously met Gordon Brown over dinner at Granita in Islington, north London - although the meeting had...
For the growing number of self-employed, the first half of February is the most financially painful time of the year. A cheque has just gone off to the Inland Revenue which puts into the shade...
Restaurants open for myriad reasons: because a chef, or a sous-chef, wants to make their break for independence; because a restaurateur believes that he or she has put together the vital 'dream...
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