Category Archives: Italian wine in Bond

Tuscany Trip: Day Four – Sun, Sea and Super-Tuscans

With a lot of ground to cover on our final day (including a change of car in Sienna for one with four wheels), we had an early start with a tasting at Il Poggione just south of Montalcino.  This is one of the larger estates in the region at 125 hectares, run by talented father-and-son […]

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Tuscany Trip: Day Three – Montalcino, Montepulciano and More Macchina-Misadventure

Our Tuscan journeyings began again bright and early on Wednesday morning, when we set off from Laura Brunelli’s house for La Gerla, one of the properties that Lay & Wheeler has dealt with the longest. We were a little early at the estate, and while we awaited the arrival of Alberto Passeri we were able to […]

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L’Enfant Terrible: 2006 Birba, La Gerla, Tuscany

A lovely wine to ease you into Friday afternoon. Kat and I tasted at La Gerla last week and were very impressed with not only the estate and the wines but also the rather dashing and down-to-earth winemaker/agronomist Alberto Passeri.  With two plots of land either side of the town of Montalcino, they are able to […]

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Tuscany trip: Day two – Surprises, Sangiovese and Sunsets

It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the idyllic hilltop village of Volpaia on Tuesday morning – thinking that the scenery and wines simply couldn’t get any better.  But how wrong we were!  There was still so much of Tuscany to discover and we set off early amidst a chorus of birdsong for Castello […]

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Tuscany trip: Day one – Chianti, Cars and Cantucci

On Sunday 18th June, we flew from London to Pisa for the beginning of our grand tour of Tuscany. To be fair, the schedule was more whistle-stop than grand, but nonetheless, it was an exciting looking itinerary. Flying on the Sunday was designed to avoid Monday-morning stress and for us to be able to hit […]

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2008 Gaja – Icon & Iconoclast

Initially iconoclastic and now, himself, iconic, Angelo Gaja is famed world-wide for making some of the finest wines to come out of the Barbaresco region. Of course, three of them – Costa Russi, Sori San Lorenzo and Sori Tildin – cannot be labelled as Barbaresco, due to them containing 5% Barbera in the blend.  I […]

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Piemonte wines in bond from 2007 & 2008 – La Dolce Vita

Following a couple of years of mentioning how much I would love to visit Piemonte, my requests came to fruition this January so I brushed up my holiday Italian, packed numerous jumpers and set off with great anticipation. This fêted region in the foothills of the Alps was everything I expected and more. Despite almost […]

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