Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

La Bottega del 30: Chianti’s Michelin Starred Hideaway in Paradise

February 2, 2017 8:20 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat


VILLA A SESTA, ITALY, February 2, 2017 – La Bottega del 30 is an extraordinary Michelin-starred restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Villa A Sesta in the hills of Tuscany 15 miles east of Sienna. The lifetime achievement of Franco and Helene Stoquelet, and in its 20th year holding a Michelin star, the actual experience of… read more


Italy regains title as world’s largest wine producer

December 4, 2015 2:36 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


France was knocked off the number one position for wine production by Italy, in the latest global figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), released on Wednesday. Italy regained first place, which it lost to France last year, with production of 48.9 million hectolitres, up 13 percent on 2014. This year’s good weather… read more


Italy Beckons

August 3, 2015 11:21 am - Posted by Jody in Learn


THIS place doesn’t look real. From the top of a steep hillside covered in lemon trees and grapevines, the village of Manarola tumbles out below, like a handful of pink, orange and yellow blocks that have been shaken, then poured from a toy bag. Manarola is one of five hamlets strewn a few miles apart along… read more



Verily, verdicchio, vernaccia and vermentino are the “veni, vidi, vici” of Italian white wine grapes, the Italian Vs of wine. (I could add the grapes verduzzo, verdiso and vespaiolo, but you rarely see them, in this country, as wines.) Verdicchio is also known as trebbiano di Soave and called such when grown in the north of… read more


How It Feels To Get Drunk On ‘Hangover-Free’ Red Wine

April 7, 2015 1:43 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

In my line of work there are a few perks, and testing out a wine that reduces the dreaded “red-wine headache” is surely one of them. Although I would not go as far to say that Veglio Michelino & Figlio’s low-histamine wine is absolutely hangover-resistant, it did certainly make for a better drinking experience. What Are… read more


A Trip Report to Sicily

January 17, 2014 2:47 pm - Posted by Jody in Travel
A warm Welcome. I hope you enjoy this Edition with Photos, Information, Impressions and Tips on Sicily, Italy 2013.This is a Travel Report! (via

Photos, Information, Impressions and Tips on Sicily, Italy 2013.This is a Travel Report! Dec 12 2013 by admin | 0 Comments Geography/History Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean. It extends from the tip of the Apennine peninsula, from which…


Ahh we just LOVE Italy

October 18, 2013 9:31 am - Posted by Jody in Drink
Cliff vines and sea cellars: Italy wine region clings on (via AFP)

From the vineyards clinging to seaside cliffs to a unique cellar of bubbly wine stored on the seabed, the off the beaten track wine region of Liguria in northern Italy offers an array of spectacular sights. But as he plucked grapes from his terraced…

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Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2007Tuscany, Italy


Fonterutoli’s Castello is the reward for years of research into the biotypes of Sangiovese found throughout their estate. Blended from 50 separate parcels of vines aged 10-26 years, on a mix of Galestro and Albarese soils. The wine is aged in French barrique (60% new) for 16 months. A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.


92 Points — Wine Advocate

The 2007 Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli blossoms on the palate with dark red cherries, flowers, spices and subtle French oak. Darker smoke, tar and licorice nuances develop in the glass, adding notable richness. A juicy, round finish caps off this magnificent wine from Fonterutoli. In fact, this is one of the most refined vintages of the Castello I can remember tasting. As with so many Tuscan reds in 2007, the wine is delicious today, but will acquire further complexity if cellared. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

Oct 2010


Wine Of The Week – Argiano Solengo, IGT Rosso Toscana 2007

January 20, 2012 1:11 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

SolengoTuscany, Italy

92 Points, Wine Advocate

The 2007 Solengo is sleek and refined in its blackberries, blueberries, grilled herbs, spices and graphite. The wine reveals gorgeous length and fine balance in a relatively accessible, mid-weight style for this bottling. The 2007 doesn’t appear to have the structure of the 2006 and it should be enjoyed over the next decade, give or take. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019. (#188, April 2010)

92 Points, Wine Spectator

Full and velvety, with so much cassis and sweet tobacco on the nose and palate. A little hard on the long finish. But should open with bottle age. To be released spring 2011. Best after 2012. 750 cases made. -JS (Oct 31st 2010)


Illuminati “Riparosso” Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009

September 15, 2011 10:00 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Abruzzo, Italy

Produced from 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Illuminati’s Riparosso spends 4 months in large Slavonian oak.  Showing plump dark fruit both on the nose and palate, this wine finishes both racy and round.

This has always been one of our top values, and is a perennial favourite around our office.

And, with a recent silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards, it’s an incredible value not to be missed!