Category Archives: Italian Wine

Amarone della Valpolicella is a most unique wine style.  Valpolicella is in Northern Italy, in the Veneto region near Venice.  The key grape varieties used in Amarone are Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara, with grapes being air-died after picking (traditionally on straw mats, but … Continue reading

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I love the wines of Soldera.  For me they are exceptional*.  While most Brunello is dense and tannic and brooding, the wines of Soldera are beautiful and pretty.  But they are also dense and tannic and brooding. * Exceptional is … Continue reading

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The wine is the Sassicaia 1985, a cabernet sauvignon from Tuscany.  The Sassicaia is one of Italy’s finest Bordeaux inspired wines and a favourite of my wife and mine.  The 1985 vintage is universally heralded as a great wine and arguably an … Continue reading

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I look forward each year to my friend Chris celebrating his birthday, because he always does it in style.  This year he decided that we’d dine at the Bridge Room.  The executive chef is Ross Luster, who previously worked at Rockpool … Continue reading

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I recently attended the Sydney Italian Wine Festival, held on 10th November at Sydney Town Hall. Overall, I though this event was very well run.  The setting and mood was friendly, casual, and enjoyable.  There was a good array of … Continue reading

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I recently held an event for one of my wine-tasting groups.  The event was called “Italian Immigrants” and was a look at how Italian grape varieties are settling in to their new home in Australia.  The varieties focussed on were … Continue reading

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I recently attended a Bastille Day dinner, held at Restaurant Arras and featuring a fantastic array of old and rare wines (stretching as far back as 1929!). This event was organised by my friend Shannon, who organises a few of these … Continue reading

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It’s July now, so were just over half way through the year.  I’ve had some excellent wines so far in 2012, but recently had a wine that is the top candidate so far for “my wine of the year” – … Continue reading

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Italian red wines are a particular passion of mine, while I also enjoy exploring Australian versions of Italian immigrant grapes.  I’ve been drinking some nice sangioveses lately, from here and from their original home in Tuscany. Sangiovese is a wonderfully … Continue reading

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Giaconda, one of Australia’s most celebrated wineries (especially for their wonderful chardonnay), have released their first vintage of nebbiolo.  I was keen to try it, but balked a little at the asking price (>$100).  That’s a lot of money for … Continue reading

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