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    To whom does Montepulciano belong?

    The ambitious aim of the European Union to organise all of Europe's wine regions into a single system more or less analogous to France's AOC, but…

    6 Oct 2010 Walter Speller
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    Italy's best wines?

    In Europe 'tis the season of mellow fruitfulness, and the latest editions of Italian's most influential wine guides. The first to start the media…

    29 Sep 2010 Walter Speller
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    Convito di Romagna - the wines

    In On the trail of Sangiovese di Romagna, I described the work of the leading group of producers, the Convito di Romagna. Its members voluntarily…

    8 Sep 2010 Walter Speller
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    On the trail of Sangiovese di Romagna

    See my tasting notes on some top Sangiovese di Romagna wines. Sangiovese, which is almost always associated with Tuscany, is in actual fact…

    8 Sep 2010 Walter Speller
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    Italian prices plummet, Minister unconcerned

    In a recent interview with Winenews, the newly appointed Italian minister of Agriculture Giancarlo Galan (pictured) went on a collision course with…

    6 Sep 2010 Walter Speller
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    Italy's vineyards mapped by foot

    Anyone halfway familiar with the maps of the World Atlas of Wine will immediately agree that while France's regions look so tidy and clear, Italy's…

    26 Jul 2010 Walter Speller
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    Dolcetto – Piemonte’s next star?

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

    14 Jul 2010 Walter Speller
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    Nebbiolo - Barolo 2006s and 2004 Riservas

    Update 14 Jun 2011: see here for 44 tasting notes on Barolo 2006. The second part of Nebbiolo Prima, the Nebbiolo blind-tasting marathon, was…

    24 Jun 2010 Walter Speller
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    Nebbiolo - Barbaresco 2007s and 2005 Riservas

    The commune of Barbaresco, which was the focus of day one and much of the morning of day two of the four-day Nebbiolo Prima tastings in Piemonte has…

    23 Jun 2010 Walter Speller
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    Nebbiolo - Roero 2007s and 2006 Riservas

    See Nebbiolo Prima - the background for the background to this substantial blind tasting. The Roero zone, crowned with the highest quality…

    22 Jun 2010 Walter Speller
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    Nebbiolo Prima - the background

    See these resulting tasting notes:Roero 2007s and 2006 RiservasBarbaresco 2007s and 2005 Riservas  Barolo 2006 and 2004 RiservasNebbiolo Prima is a…

    21 Jun 2010 Walter Speller
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    Sicilia en primeur

    See Walter's tasting notes on 75 Sicilian wines shown at this year's en primeur tasting. While the dust of Bordeaux 2009 en primeur has yet to…

    4 May 2010 Walter Speller
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    Sicily today - a tasting audit

    The following tasting notes and observations on about 75 fine wines made at this year's presentation of Sicilian wines en primeur are divided by grape…

    4 May 2010 Walter Speller
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    Cerasuolo di Vittoria - Sicily's DOCG

    Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily's first (and so far only) DOCG in a sea of vino da tavola and a handful of osbcure, but potentially very interesting…

    20 Apr 2010 Walter Speller
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    DOC Sicilia proposed

    At this year's Sicilia En Primeur 2010 event, of which more later, featuring the wines of 65 Sicilian producers grouped together under the Assovini…

    19 Apr 2010 Walter Speller