Category Archives : Italy


Wine Review: 2008 Casale del Giglio – Madreselva – Lazio IGT 10

I first tried one of the wines from Casale del Giglio four years ago but only really got to know them well at the 2013 VinItaly in Verona where I had the opportunity to talk and taste their full line with their cellar master and one of their sales representatives. Today I want to share my tasting notes with […]

2008 Casale del Giglio - Madreselva - Lazio IGT

2012 Aremisia Tenuta Spinelli - Offida Pecorino DOCG

Summer Wine: 2012 Artemisia Tenuta Spinelli – Offida Pecorino DOCG 11

Last March I visited one of my favorite Italian wine regions: Le Marche. There I participated in Piceno Open, a trade show,  where I had the opportunity to taste some amazing white and red wines. If you want to read some background information about the Ascoli-Piceno wine region first then follow this link to read my post […]


Wine Review: 2008 Daemone – Mamertino Rosso DOC 8

The World Cup has kept me a bit busy these days but after Italy’s heavy loss yesterday it is better not to talk about football.. Today’s post is about an Italian DOC from Northern Sicily called Mamertino. In particular we will take a closer look at the Mamertino Rosso from Daemone. Mamertino di Milazzo Mamertino di Milazzo, […]

2008 Daemone- Mamertino Rosso DOC

Pantelleria

Son Of The Wind: 2008 Donnafugata Ben Ryé 14

Pantelleria is a tiny volcanic island in the Straits of Sicily just 60 km east of the Tunisian coast. Although Pantelleria belongs to Italy it has been influenced by many cultures in the past and in fact it was first settled by Iberians and Romans but was conquered in the 8th century the island was conquered […]


Tuscany and its Sangiovese 15

Last month I tasted a few excellent wines from Tuscany, which were all produced with different Sangiovese clones. I thought this makes for a nice post about Tuscany’s most important red grape variety. Of Tuscan Origins? From north to south and from east to west – Sangiovese is grown in (almost) every corner of Tuscany. Ever since the […]

Castello di Montepò

2012 Planeta - Chardonnay - Sicilia DOC

Wine Review: 2012 Planeta – Chardonnay – Sicilia DOC 8

Last week I spent some days at the beautiful Lago di Como (Lake Como) on the Italian-Swiss border where I tried some fantastic wines. There is no wine making tradition at Lake Como so most wines were from different regions of Italy. One of the whites that convinced me most was the new 2012 Chardonnay from the Sicilian winery Planeta. Planeta […]


Exploring Cannonau: Meloni Vini 21

Cannonau Today’s post is dedicating to the one of the oldest – if not the oldest - grape variety grown in the Mediterranean Basin: Cannonau. For centuries it was believed that Cannonau is actually just a clone of Garnacha (a.k.a Grenache) and that the grape variety was brought to Sardinia in the 14th century by the […]

2011 Meloni Vini - Le Sabbie Rosso - Cannonau di Sardegna DOC