Category Archives : Italy


Wine Review: 2013 Planeta – La Segreta Bianco – Sicilia IGT 3

Finally we have passed the cold months and weather-wise spring has officially arrived. The temperatures are rising and the sun sets late this also means: It’s white wine season! And what’s better than a light, fruity white wine during these warm evenings? Planeta Founded only in 1995, Planeta quickly became one of Sicily’s most well-known wineries. They […]

2013 Planeta - La Segreta Bianco - Sicilia IGT

Toscane by Magali M . License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Chianti Revisited – 2010 Ricasoli – Brolio – Chianti Classico 15

Frequent readers might remember that last November  I wrote a post about one of Tuscany’s most famous wine: Chianti Classico.  The wine reviewed was the 2010 Monteraponi – Chianti Classico DOCG. Today I will take you back to the heart of Tuscany where we’ll take a closer look at another Chianti Classico from one of the oldest wineries […]


Visiting Le Marche – Part I 22

I spent the last week in Offida, Italy where I was inivited to attend Piceno Open, a wine tasting for selected wine writers, importers and wine bloggers. The event was organized by Vinea Marche, a cooperative with over 850 members in the Ascoli Piceno region. The tight program of Piceno Open consisted of three blind […]

Marche I

2011 PS Winery - Merlot - Marche IGT

Wine Review: 2011 PS Winery – Merlot – Marche IGT 19

PS Winery PS Winery was founded in 2008 by Dwight Stanford, American and former surgeon and Raffaele Paoloni, Italian and ex-journalist. The two met at the University of Bra (sometimes referred to as the Slow Food University) in Piedmont where they both found out that they shared a common dream: Making “the best wines possible using […]


Wine Review: 2009 Di Filippo – Etnico – Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 15

Sagrantino Sagrantino is considered one of Italy’s most important autochthonous red grapes. Its origins are under debate but it is widley believed that the grape was brought to Italy by Byzantine monks from Asia Minor and has been grown in the region of Umbria for over a thousand years. For many centuries the grape variety was pretty […]

Montefalco by b.roveran. License: CC BY 2.0

Boca & Ghemme

Wine Review: Boca vs. Ghemme 19

Last week I was invited to a Piedmontese wine tasting where we tried two wines that are produced near the town of Novara. The wines were: 2000 Castello Conti Boca DOC and 1999 Azienda Agricola Bianchi Ghemme DOCG. Piedmontese wines are usually not the type of wine I prefer but this tasting was quite an […]


Winemaking in Molise: 2006 Borgo Di Colloredo – Gironia Rosso Riserva – Biferno DOC 25

Winemaking in Molise Molise is a region of Southern Italy bordering Abruzzo, Puglia, Lazio and Campania. It is the second smallest region of Italy (Aosta Valley is the smallest). Agriculture, especially wine and olive oil, plays a major role in the economy of Molise. The region is very hilly and the climate varies from continental […]

2006 Borgo di Colloredo - Giornia Rosso Riserva - Biferno DOC