Category Archives: Winery Visits

Villa Montepaldi: Teaching Means Doing, Too

Villa Montepaldi is one of the older estates in Chianti Classico. It now belongs to the University of Florence, which uses it as a teaching and reserach facility. They’re doing it right, too; the wines are quite nice. Continue reading

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Some Welcome Delights: Wines from Mauro Sebaste

Fine wines from Mauro Sebaste, including a deft Arneis that displays considerable finesse, a delightfully bright Nebbiolo D’Alba, and a Barolo Prapò that is quite young, but will go places, and be worth waiting for. In short, wines to enjoy! Continue reading

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Tasted at Vinitaly: A Greek Wine From Alpha Estate

Vinitaly is a huge event, and it should come as no surprise that it’s not limited to strictly to wines – there are meetings and talks dedicated to all sorts of topics, as well as pavilions dedicated to foods and olive oil – nor is it dedicated strictly to Italian wines. Indeed, the Enoteca dell’Emiglia Romagna sponsored an event that included the presentation of a number of indigenous Greek varietals, including Managouzia, which I much liked. Continue reading

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Tasted at Vinitaly: Duca di Salaparuta and Florio

The visit to the Cantine Florio  was one of the highlights of the Sicilia En Primeur tasting I attended last year, so when Benedetta Poretti wrote to tell me she was presenting a new wine at Vinitaly, I told her … Continue reading

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Tasted at Vinitaly: Montenidoli

I met Elisabetta Fagioli, the driving force behind Montenidoli in (yikes!) 1997 – went with an importer friend not knowing quite what to expect: what was supposed to be a fairly quick lunch turned into an afternoon of dining and … Continue reading

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Le Caniette: Wines from The Marches

Le Caniette is a historic winery of the Marches, though it didn’t start out that way: when Raffaele Vagnoni purchased the property in 1897 and moved in with his family, they did make wine, among other things, but also concentrated … Continue reading

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Cantine Zorzettig: Wines from Friuli Venezia Giulia

The Zorzettig family, which currently farms 110 hectares (about 275 acres) of vineyards around Cividale del Friuli, has been making wines for generations, and very kindly sent me four of them to taste, two that are entry level, and two … Continue reading

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