Valpolicella Ripasso Red Wine, A Lovely Alternative to Amarone

Lucifer May Create Great Italian Wines

From the years when I lived in the UK, fizzy Valpolicella was not a red I liked too much. Indeed, the Valpolicella on offer in the UK more or less put me off Valpolicella for life and I tended to avoid it in Italy too. Well, that’s now changed seeing as I have discovered Valpolicella Ripasso […]

Italian Wine – A Growth Industry

Lucifer May Create Great Italian Wines

Italy’s annual wine fair, the Verona based VinItaly is on until the 28th March.  Perhaps a little surprisingly, in these times of economic gloom, it is Italy’s prospering wine trade which provides a more than a few rays of sunlight. After France and Spain, Italy is the world’s third largest wine producer by volume.  While […]

A Gold Medal Italian Wine – Titinge 2008

Titinge Riserva a fine red wine from Abruzzo, Italy

Good news from the Fontefico winery near Vasto in Abruzzo! Fontefico’s Titinge 2008 red wine has won a gold medal at the Singapore Wine Style Asia Awards.  Another of Fontefico’s wines, its Montepulciano 2007 won a bronze medal. I visited Fontefico when I was in Abruzzo last summer and tried the winery’s Titinge red while […]

Abruzzo Wine and the Excellent Fontefico Titinge Riserva

While passing a relaxing week in Abruzzo, Italy, I was taken to the Fontefico winery and wine bar just outside the charming little town of Vasto. The Fontefico winery is an artisan wine producer which produces around 20,000 bottles of wine each year, and what it produces, four reds and a white, it produces lovingly.  Fontefico […]

Five Great Italian Wines for the Festive Season

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Looking for something special to partner the turkey, mince pies and Christmas pud?

Italy based Wine blogger and Italian wine lover David Brenner suggests five great Italian wines for the festive season!

Over to you, David.

Discover the Best Italian Wines with these Wine Guides

One of Casamonti's Tuscan wines - L'Elogio

Seeing as I like to try spread the word on the joys of Italian wines, I’ve been over to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk to find a selection of books on Italian wine which are bestsellers.

Tracking down books on Italian wine was not that easy and entailed having to wade through a long list of results which contained books on Italian cooking, pizza, ice cream and various other Italian subjects. Still, after trawling thought the lists, I’ve come up with two top ten lists of books on Italian wine.

Top Ten Italian Wines of 2008

Top wine magazine, Wine Spectator, compiles an annual list of the top 100 most exciting wines from around the world. Though the list is very interesting in itself, I asked myself how many Italian wines made it onto this prestigious list in 2008?

Italian Wine and Labels

I had an interesting discussion, in English, with some of my Media Relations students today. What we looked at was how Italian wine could be promoted, and several valid points were made.

Wines Italians Buy

Italy, as many will know, is famous for its wines. Italians are great wine drinkers too, who generally prefer red to white wine.