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We present reviews of about 200 of the finest wines about which Walter, most unusually for tastings in London, finds himself raving below. These notes, taken by Walter and me in London, are...

Tags:  Italy, Piemonte

See also last week's report on the 2011 vintage in other European wine regions. It is a sweltering early August day and I am in the car in Barolo heading towards Castiglione Falletto...

An informal Piemonte theme seems to have developed here on Purple pages this week. I have accordingly compiled below a slew of tasting notes of wines from the region, taken throughout last year....

Tags:  Italy, Piemonte

Dolcetto, Piemonte's workhorse grape, has until now provided the region with early-ripening, easy-drinking reds. These characteristics have kept it firmly in the shadow of Nebbiolo, the grape of...

Tags:  Piemonte, Dolcetto

Here, in a hurry and very sketchily proofread, are the notes I took at last night's J&B tasting of the wines in their current Italian and Iberian offer. I thought those interested would...

Tags:  Piemonte

The recent decision of Bruno Giacosa (pictured, with his daughter Bruna) not to bottle any of his Barolo or Barbaresco of the 2006 vintage has caused quite a stir in Italy. After the announcement,...

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The governmental body of the province of Piemonte which is responsible for all matters and regulations concerning viticulture, Il Comitato Consultivo per la Vitivinicoltura, has given the green...

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Willi Klinger was Angelo Gaja's right hand man from 2000 to 2006. Here are his most memorable restaurants in the Langhe region of Piedmont, updates from the previous edition of this list in pink....

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In a nutshell: Italy's most terroiriste area with strong similarities to Burgundy. Main grapes: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto (red); Moscato, Cortese, Arneis,...

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2013  gave Piemonte one of the few European harvests to show real promise. Nebbiolo performed particularly well, with the long, slow growing season to its natural advantage. Fine, dry...

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I had an interesting challenge the other day: tasting the following 60 Barolos and Barbarescos in an attempt to find one or two that would be suitable for serving in British Airways first class...

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See this thread on the members' forum for lots of good ideas.

Tags:  Piemonte

I have long had a soft spot for great Vouvray. In fact I have a bee in my bonnet that the wines of the entire Loire Valley (with the probable exception of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé) are...

Tags:  loire, very old wine

Note to non-Brits: do check out the Burgundy merchants cited below and those in my special Burgundy 2000 feature. I have noticed that prices offered in Britain tend to be very much keener than...

Tags:  2002

First a warning: I am about to seem appallingly idealistic and unrealistically romantic. People often ask me how on earth I can bear to write exclusively about a subject as narrow as wine....

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