New Italian releases – the north

Vigneti Costacurta in Alto Piemonte

The first half of this collection of about 200 tasting notes takes in Piemonte, Alto Adige, Trentino, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Veneto and Lombardia. More southerly regions to be tackled on Monday.

I should have suffixed the title of this overview of new Italian releases 'of the last 10 months!' because such was the number of samples sent to me in Padova that over the months an enormous backlog built up. I felt a little like Sisyphus. Every time I thought I had cleared the vinous pile, a new stream of deliveries arrived, up to the point where whenever the doorbell rang my...