Recent Opinion Posts
Amarone Opera Prima and its 2017 tasting
The 2017 vintage is a warm year that will require a very poor hand to make an under-ripe Amarone della Valpolicella. With plenty of richness in the wines, will there still be finesse in the mix?
Garabei 2019, Dolcetto of Abrigo Giovanni
Abrigo Giovanni is a 53 years old family business in its third generation. But what lies within their vineyards and made its way into the bottles may be much older than the business itself.
Good bye Mr Spurrier
Some people live, some people die. But Steven Spurrier will be immortalized for his curiosity, openness, and grace to others.
The Piedmontese in the Coronavirus storm
If you are looking to buy the Barolo 2016 or Barbaresco 2017, this is the perfect time to do so. The cashflow will help many people in these difficult times
Is it time to reflect on Amarone della Valpolicella?
Not all about taste or perceived prestige for Valpolicella. As the economy slows and a generation of consumers changes, expectations for its wines are shifting.
Grapes of Valpolicella, the parts of the sum
The grapes of Valpolicella give a virtually limitless range of flavours. Thus not knowing the components often result in these wines being misunderstood.
Winemaker – David Bowley, Vinteloper Wines
2019 Dec 23 Update: David lost everything dear to him in the Adelaide Hills fire. And because “hopes and prayers” are meaningless, the only way we can really help is to buy some wines from his collections and help rebuild his life.
Valpolicella and the wild east
A big part of the Valpolicella lies to the east. Being furthest away from Lake Garda, the eastern side of the region experiences notable continental. But never undermine the talents of these winemakers. In the best hands, even a 17 per cent alcohol behemoth can perform like a tightrope walker.