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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Piemonte 2006 continued

    The recent decision of Bruno Giacosa (pictured, with his daughter Bruna) not to bottle any of his Barolo or Barbaresco of the 2006 vintage has caused…

    7 Jul 2009 Walter Speller
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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