Category Archives : Italy


Rare Grapes: Calabria 8

Today’s post is about Calabria and its many ancient grape varieties including Magliocco – not to be confused with Gaglioppo. Calabria is one of those Italian wine regions that still offers many good value wines. One reason for this is that Calabria did a rather poor job at marketing its wines and so they are still […]

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2011 Tenute Loacker - Tasnim - Alto Adige IGT

Not Your Typical Sauvignon Blanc 12

Schiava, Lagrein and Gewürztraminer are among the most commonly associated grape varieties with South Tyrol but the region is also home to some astonishing white wines from international varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Tenute Loacker is one of the wineries that produces varietals out of these international varieties and in today’s wine review we will take […]


The Valpolicella and its Wines 8

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve tasted a bunch of wines from the Valpolicella and have also attended two Valpolicella tastings. At the end of this post I will share all my tasting notes with you. The Valpolicella The Valpolicella is a pattern of different valleys between Lake Garda and the mountain chain of the Monti […]

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Wine Review: 2010 Cantina Mesa – Buio Buio 6

Today’s wine review is about a red wine from the island of Sardinia, one of the best good-value wine regions in Italy. Buio Buio is a Carignano varietal produced by Cantina Mesa.    2010 Cantina Mesa – Buio Buio – Isola dei Nuraghi IGT Cantina Mesa owns 70 hectares of vineyards in the historical region Sulcis-Iglesiente, […]


Yes, I’m still alive 6

The last two months have been rough and busy for me and I had actually intended to finish quite a few posts but university and work consumed most of my time. Anyways, when time allowed I drank some wine and some – most of it was good and some worth writing about. October should be less stressful and so […]

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2009 Agricola Fay – Costa Bassa – Valtellina Superiore 5

A few weeks ago, I visited one of the wine bars in Munich downtown. There I tried an interesting red wine from Nebbiolo grapes, which are locally called Chiavennasca. Nebbiolo is mostly associated with the Piedmont – many great wines like Barbaresco, Barolo and Gattinara are produced with this noble grape variety. Nebbiolo likes the alpine […]


Must-Try: 2012 Borgo di Colloredo – Gironia Bianco – Biferno DOC 9

Molise is one of those obscure wine regions that is fairly unknown outside of the region itself. Geographically located in the South of Italy, the region has direct access to the Adriatic Sea and borders Puglia, Abruzzo, Campania and Lazio. It is the second smallest region in Italy – only the Valle d’Aosta  (Aosta Valley) […]

Borgo di Colloredo - Gironia Bianco - Biferno DOC