Monthly Archives: January 2013

Garantito IGP: The Antica Torre a Barbaresco, Absolute Certainty

This time Carlo Macchi takes the stand: Every time I feel like Buridan’s Ass: I enter Barbaresco, drive to Piazza della Torre (the one with the once beautiful tower that is now flanked by a plexiglass monstrosity), park, and… find … Continue reading

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Antinori’s Le Mortelle Estate: Something New in the Maremma

Antinori purchased Le Mortelle, a sizable property not far from Castiglion della Pescaia (a town on the Tuscan coast) in 1999, and spent a number of years deciding exactly how to proceed – Le Mortelle was originally part of a … Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: The Giulio Gambelli Prize: The Wine, The Winemakers, and Alcide

This time Roberto Giuliani takes the stand. Who knows what Giulio “Bicchierino” Gambelli would think if he knew there was a prize dedicated to him, for the “young winemaker who best interprets the Gambellian style of winemaking.” He, who wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Giulio Gambelli Prize: And The Winner Is……………

The tasting to determine which young winemaker will be awarded the first Giulio Gambelli Prize took place Yesterday, January 20th: The commission, which included Stefano Tesi, Roberto Giuliani, Kyle Phillips, Carlo Macchi, Francesca Pinochi, Paolo Valdastri, Marco Gemelli, Andrea Gori … Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: Massa Marittima, Beauty and Surprises in the Maremma

This time I take the stand. The Maremma is a wild section of southwestern Tuscany, a mixture of coastal plains, craggy valleys, and hills that rise inland towards Monte Amiata. It’s a beautiful area, but was also feared in the … Continue reading

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Three Older Wines

Like most people who write about wines, I often receive samples to taste – two of each kind the winery makes, lest one of the bottles be corked. The open bottles get drunk or given away, as do the lighter … Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: “Enotria” in Florence. Or, the Rebirth of the Neighborhood Restaurant

This time Stefano Tesi takes the stand. This article hues closely to the IGP credo, what was explained to me when I was invited to join the group: Write about things you like. Period. And I do so. Literally, because … Continue reading

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