GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BRACHETTO FROM PIEDMONT, ITALY

Brachetto is a black-skinned Italian wine grape variety grown predominantly in the Piedmont region, where it has been cultivated since ancient times. The Brachetto grape has regular production but not very steady due to its sensitivity to the virus. Brachetto is not normally blended with other grape varieties, and is responsible for sweet, frothy Brachetto […]

WINE LEGEND: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1995

The 1995 vintage was good enough in Piedmont and some great wines were made. The 1995 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG is a perfect example to introduce today. Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. It is often referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” because until the mid-19th century […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BARBERA

Barbera is a red wine grape variety widely planted in northern Italy. Being almost one thousand years older than Cabernet Sauvignon, today it’s the third most planted grape in the country. As a very strong, adaptable vine, Barbera is able to grow in various soils from calcareous clay to limestone and sand, standing well with […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON NEBBIOLO

Nebbiolo is a black grape variety with high levels of acidity and tannins but little color. It mostly grows in two regions of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, the North-west corner of Italy, where vineyards are protected from northern winds and precipitation thanks to mountains providing a rain shadow.  Nebbiolo grape provides full-bodied red wines […]