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  • Article Don't quote me

    Nyetimber beats Bollinger - not

    The 'news' that Nyetimber, an English sparkling wine, had supposedly beaten Champagne Bollinger in a blind tasting organised in Italy, was picked up…

    1 Feb 2010 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Vino contro la mafia

    Charities which focus on the production of wines can expect to elicit the same reaction most organic wines have provoked: it is laudable but is the…

    22 Dec 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Real vino becomes a trend

    Italy’s national values may be staunchly conservative and traditional but the reaction to the reactionary is never far away, and never fails to find…

    17 Dec 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    New scandal hits Italy

    16 Dec – According to one report, a total of five hectares in Castellina in Chianti has been sequestered by the authorities. This is prime Chianti…

    11 Dec 2009 Walter Speller
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    Italy's 2009 vintage - and fire sale

    The Assoenologi, Italy’s association of oenologists, has officially declared the 2009 vintage ‘very good’, a positive assessment in an otherwise less…

    6 Nov 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Amarone - la mama v the chef

    Last Monday 10 of Amarone's most illustrious producers assembled in London to attract attention to their collective attempts to halt the decline in…

    12 Oct 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Chardonnay under flor from Lombardy

    Oltrepò Pavese, located south of Milan in the south of Lombardy, remains one of Italy's most obscure wine regions. Sandwiched between Piemonte and…

    1 Oct 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Free for all

    Gambero Rosso 2010 winners

    This week watch out for tasting notes on some Marche wines with real longevity and 21 top Tuscans that seem to bloom quite young - JR Days before…

    27 Sep 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Free for all

    Pantomime - volunteers needed

    I am involved with a pantomime project (see Vinderella) for The Benevolent, the organisation that helps members of the British wine and spirit trade,…

    17 Sep 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Italy's agriculture minister on the attack

    Luca Zaia, Italy's charismatic and controversial agricultural minister, has recently attracted a storm of protest after having expressed his dismay…

    4 Sep 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    A rebel in Valpolicella

    Amarone, one of Italy's most famous wines, seems especially badly hit by the current economic situation, as outlined in Amarone - halting the decline?…

    28 Aug 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Free for all

    Italy's new wine organisation

    With the new CMO (Common Market Organisation) for European wines now in place, Italy’s wine producers and growers' associations have officially lost…

    5 Aug 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Free for all

    Chianti Classico sales blocked

    More signs of a stagnant or even declining international wine market come from the Consorzio of Chianti Classico. In a letter last week addressed to…

    4 Aug 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Amarone for DOCG in falling market

    The Consorzio of Valpolicella has submitted a proposal to change the status of its two most famous wines, Recioto and Amarone, from DOC to DOCG to be…

    3 Aug 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Amarone - halting the decline?

    Ten of the most influential producers of Amarone have teamed up to reverse what they call the 'trading down' of one of Italy's most important wines,…

    13 Jul 2009 Walter Speller