Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello Vicchiomaggio Vigna La Prima Gran Selezione 2010

Castello Vicchiomaggio seems as much tourist destination as winery, with its lodgings listed in the likes of Lonely Planet and Fodors amongst others. The 15th century castle (where Leonardo da


Spotlight on Sangiovese: Mauro Vannucci Piaggia Carmignano Riserva 2003

Sangiovese is la dolce vita of Italy. It is its soul and its face, its bravura and charm and easy loveability. Even the most traditional and profound wines are loveable


Spotlight on Sangiovese: Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001

Another aged wine, and a good comparison to the Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico from the same year. Whereas the Brolio Chianti was quite modern, this is a more traditionally


Spotlight on Sangiovese: Perazzeta Rita Montecucco Sangiovese 2006

I’d never heard of Montecucco before drinking this wine. It is a DOC in southwest Tuscany on the river Ombrone growing classic Tuscan Grapes, with whites focused on Trebbiano and


Spotlight on Sangiovese: Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2001

Aged Sangiovese is a rare treat and one that most drinkers have a hard time getting their hands on. Luckily this wine is currently avaiable in the market and is


Spotlight on Sangiovese: Pertimali Sassetti Livio & Figli Rosso di Montalcino 2008

Rosso di Montalcino is generally considered to be great value Sangiovese. Made from young vines growing in the Brunello di Montalcino areas, this is top quality vineyard land made affordable


Spotlight on Sangiovese: Querciabella Camartina 2005

A highly respected producer from Chianti, Querciabella also makes this top-of-the-line Super Tuscan IGT from Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon – a wine I was quite excited to try. Clearly this


Spotlight on Sangiovese: Fattoria Bibbiani Poggio Vignoso Chianti 2009

Brunello di Montalcino receives the high scores and big praise when it comes to Sangiovese. There are super tuscans and Chianti Classico riservas scrambling close behind Brunello for price and


Spotlight on Sangiovese: Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 2003

Despite its remarkable beauty and immediate loveability, Italy is a daunting country for any wine lover. With over 800 grape varieties, countless DOC and DOCGs and thousands of wineries, Italy