A tasting of Monprivato Barolo

David Berry Green – our Italy Buyer – recounts a recent vertical tasting of Giuseppe Mascarello e Figli’s single-vineyard Barolo, from the 7.12-hectare Monprivato, with vintages spanning 1990 to 2011. Monprivato is one of the Langhe’s, and indeed Barolo’s, most prized vineyards. Located in Castiglione Falletto, one of the core villages of the Barolo zone, […]

The sipping forecast – part three

In our last glance (for now) at the prospects for Italy’s 2014 vintage, three more of our learned winemakers relay their experiences from the front vine to our buyer and Italian wine expert David Berry Green The Vaona family at Novaia, Veneto Difficult but not impossible is how 2014 might be remembered. It will certainly […]

The sipping forecast – part two

Four more of our sage winemakers share their reflections on the state of Italy’s 2014 vintage with our buyer and Italian wine expert David Berry Green Loredana Tanganelli and Antonio Brandi at Scopetone, Tuscany The 2014 vintage was much influenced by the weather: a warm, wet winter and the mild spring brought forward the flowering and the […]

The sipping forecast – part one

Under the watchful eye of our buyer and Italian wine expert David Berry Green, a trio of our winemakers reflect on the progess of Italy’s 2014 vintage Giovanni Scarfone at Bonavita, Sicily After a dry winter with little rain and higher than average temperatures we were met with a wet spring. The summer was very […]