What’s drinking well – Italy

Our buyer David Berry Green takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Italy to shed light on those vintages which are coming into their prime right now… When approaching Italy, it’s probably best to divide the country up into three sections: North, Centre and South. The North’s key fine red-wine styles – Barbaresco, Barolo, Valpolicella […]

Drink in the sun-filled wines of the Italian Riviera

David Berry Green heads south of his hometown in Piedmont to the warmth of the Ligurian coastline to report on the intense and sapid wines of Cascina Feipu dei Massaretti The Italian Riviera, extending east from France along the Mediterranean coast from Nice (Nizza) through to Savona, became a popular holiday destination for the Brits […]

Could prized Barolo vineyard, Le Rocche dell’Annunziata, be ‘Vigna Grande’ (Grand Cru) material?

Piedmont’s recently introduced ‘sub zone’ classification system means that individual vineyards can be highlighted to promote greater understanding of a wine’s terroir. David Berry Green pits 13 Barolos, from the same vineyard, against one another to try and discern a typical character – and to rate their quality. The release of the 2010 Barolo vintage […]

Lightweight wines and heavyweight oxen go head to head in Piedmont

Forget mince pies and mulled wine. In the Piedmontese town of Carrù, ’tis the season for berry-bright Dolcetto and tripe, finds David Berry Green What’s the link between an overweight ox, il bue grasso, celebrated annually by the Piedmontese town of Carrù, and the slender (dare I say lightweight?) Dolcetto wine made by our newest […]