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Winter Wines-Your Checklist

Winter Wines-Your Checklist

NEW WINES FEUDI DI SAN MARZANO SALICE SALENTINO (PUGLIA) This deep ruby-red wine is a blend of malvasia nera and negroamaro. Perfect with salami, cheeses and red meat. VILLA PUCCINI TOSCANA (TOSCANA) Made from 90% sangiovese and 10% merlot, this medium-bodied wine has vanilla and cherry aromas. A delicious table wine to complement pasta dishes....

Wine-Bella Barbaresco and the Nebbiolo Grape Affair

Wine-Bella Barbaresco and the Nebbiolo Grape Affair

IN THE EARLY 18TH CENTURY, Britain and France were at war. French wines were out of fashion and alternatives were sought out by the merchants to slate thethirst of their clients. Transport costs, duties and taxes were prohibitive and the Barolo and Barbaresco regions remained a secret – except for those in the know. Today...

Wine-The Sweeter Side

Lets explore how some sweet wines are made and take a look at some Australian producers that have been inspired by classic Italian styles. PASSITO Italy has a long tradition of making wines from dried grapes. The mostly dry autumns provide the perfect conditions and discourage noble rot. The traditional home of the Appassimento process...

Tuscany’s Emerging Wine Region

Tuscany’s Emerging Wine Region

What happens when an estate in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany is of a mind to expand, but runs into a lack of suitable land and restrictive planning rules? Instead of giving up, the owner of Domini Castellare di Castellina, Paolo Panerai, set off on a quest to find new territory towards the coast...

Wine-Southern Italy Ancient Grapes

Wine-Southern Italy Ancient Grapes

SOUTHERN ITALY IS HOT, hilly and often wild, with volcanic soils and ancient grapes. Quantity over quality has been a problem in the past but this is changing as more producers work to improve the reputation with investment and technology. Aglianico was brought to Italy by the Phoenicians from Greece and was a favourite drop...