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    New releases from Tuscany

    It's not just Bordeaux that presents its latest vintage for assessment, although the Tuscans take a little more time about it. While I went off to…

    16 Apr 2010 Walter Speller
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    Brunello - 2005 v 2004

    The Consorzio of Brunello di Montalcino seems very pleased with the 2005 vintage of its most important wine: it bestowed no less than four out of a…

    24 Mar 2010 Walter Speller
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    Vino Nobile 2007 v 2006

    The 2007 vintage in Montepulciano, less clement than for Chianti Classico in general, showed wines that seemed to struggle with less-than-ripe tannins…

    22 Mar 2010 Walter Speller
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    Moisturisers from Montepulciano

    The next stop on February's en primeur tastings in Tuscany, beginning with Chianti Classico, was Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. This series of en…

    22 Mar 2010 Walter Speller
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    Chianti Classico cuts back

    Figures supplied by the Chianti Classico Consorzio clearly imply some sort of stabilisation in exports, where decline in the most important markets is…

    10 Mar 2010 Walter Speller
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    Chianti Classico 2008 and Riserva 2007

    See below for 117 tasting notes, many of them enthusiastic, on these first showings of these two superior vintages. The Consorzio of…

    10 Mar 2010 Walter Speller
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    Divorce Chianti-style

    At least this is how the Consorzio of Chianti Classico yesterday announced the modification of the 1992 law that separates Chianti Classico from…

    10 Feb 2010 Walter Speller
  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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