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    Vino Nobile to be less Tuscan?

    The Consorzio in charge of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has proposed controversial changes to the rules for this famous southern Tuscan wine.…

    1 Jul 2009 Walter Speller
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    Can Prosecco reinvent itself?

    With the deadline for European wine labelling reforms (see Will Europe's labels change?) approaching fast, Italy's regional Consortia, the regional…

    19 Jun 2009 Walter Speller
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    DOCG Prosecco

    Prosecco Conegliano-Valdobbiadene is set to become a DOCG, as heralded in Prosecco diluted last October. Just in time for August, when the…

    10 Apr 2009 Walter Speller
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    Recent Chianti vintages

    2007 A mild winter was followed by a cool start of spring, with even weather causing early budbreak. Fears for spring frost proved unfounded. The…

    26 Mar 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Chianti Classico 2004 and 2005 Riservas

    This is Walter Speller's third collection of notes from last month's Collezione tasting in Florence, pictured here. CHIANTI CLASSICO 2005…

    26 Mar 2009 Walter Speller
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    A host of 2006 Tuscans

    Below are two large collections of tasting notes on some of the most food-friendly wines in the world, the first Chianti Classico 2006 Riservas…

    25 Mar 2009 Walter Speller Richard Hemming MW Jancis Robinson
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    Chianti Classico 2007s

    These wines were tasted by Walter Speller at the Collezione Chianti Classico tasting in Florence described in Chianti country - too many oenologists?.…

    23 Mar 2009 Walter Speller
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    Chianti country - too many oenologists?

    Walter Speller’s ruminations on Tuscany’s most important wine, and the special tasting of it in Florence illustrated, marks the beginning of Italian…

    23 Mar 2009 Walter Speller
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    Campania's 120-year-old vines

    Look out for a plethora of tasting notes on Italy's recent fine vintages next week - JR It is not every day that one stumbles upon…

    20 Mar 2009 Walter Speller
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    Naked tasters spend AU$100,000 on wine

    Naked Wines, arguably Britain's most interactive online wine merchant, teamed up last Wednesday with the Australian Trade Commission, Austrade, in…

    16 Mar 2009 Walter Speller
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    A new DOC for Piemonte

    The governmental body of the province of Piemonte which is responsible for all matters and regulations concerning viticulture, Il Comitato Consultivo…

    27 Feb 2009 Walter Speller
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    Barolo legend dies

    The legendary Teobaldo Cappellano, one of the very few truly traditional, and in that context, controversial, winemakers from Barolo, revered…

    23 Feb 2009 Walter Speller
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    Gaja and the bloggers

    Angelo Gaja, whose estate hasn’t even got a website, recently seized the opportunity to reflect online with the help of an army of bloggers. While…

    19 Feb 2009 Walter Speller
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    Soave but not as we know it

    Alessandro and Filippo Filippi challenge the meaning and value of the Soave appellation.Soave, the wine at which most wine lovers would turn up their…

    6 Feb 2009 Walter Speller
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    Will WA ever rival Pessac-Léognan?

    The last Saturday of November saw a most unusual encounter between the so-called Old and New Worlds in the company of Domaine de Chevalier's Olivier…

    10 Dec 2008 Walter Speller