Enlightening experience with White Moscato – 2009 Forteto della Luja Loazzolo Vendemmia Tardiva

The Piasa di Rischei vineyard, surface area 2.273 acres,n(~ 1 hectare) altitude 1.540 feet, gradient 35%, South-West exposure (240 wind rose); training system low Guyot with 8.000 plants/hectare. Average production 22 hectolitres/hectare. The vineyard, which already existed in 1874, is bordered by walls, surrounded by plum trees and almond trees. lt is a vineyard of long standing…

Brilliant farming you can taste – 2006 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino

Reconciling a perceived preference with reality can be a humbling, powerfully educational experience. For instance, if someone were to ask me about my preferences for wine/winemaking, I’d include, among other things, the lack/restraint of oak usage in the cellar as an important factor. Or, if oak is used, I’d say I (generally speaking) prefer older…

Ragusa, Vittoria and red wine with fish (Sicily Part 3)

The road from Marsala to Ragusa (which passes through Agrigento, home to The Valley of the Temples) leaves a lot to be desired. A lot. There are countless bridges, most quite long, perhaps 2km or 3km, that span the countless hills and valleys that blanket the inner countryside of Sicily. The bridges themselves, or should…