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Hope for Chianti Classico?

Posted: July 19, 2006  By James Suckling

A couple of days ago Marco Pallanti was named the new president of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium (Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico), which boasts that it represents 96 percent of the bottled wine of the region.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Tuscany Tales 1

Posted: July 18, 2006  By James Suckling

The other night I was at a friend’s summer rental house located near my home at Il Borro near Arezzo. We were having dinner by the pool, and some local carabinieri walked down the driveway. I was a bit worried at first.

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Posted: July 16, 2006  By James Suckling

Gave my “O”s another go last night with a dinner “al fresco” with my ex-wife and children. She commented how I had some “lovely new water glasses…” These glasses sort of grow on you. I served a slightly chilled bottle of 2003 Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia with a frittata and green salad.

News & Features  :  New Wines, New Faces

New Wines, New Faces: Zisola Sicilia

Famed Tuscan producer introduces an affordable, delicious Nero d'Avola from Sicily

Posted: July 13, 2006  By Jo Cooke

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Kudos Italia!

Posted: July 9, 2006  By James Suckling

Football (soccer) is life in Italy. I am sitting in Castilgone della Pescia on the coast of Tuscany with some friends, and I can hear the horns of cars and the screams of people. Everyone is so happy here! Italy is the champion of the world tonight.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Crazy Thoughts in the Hills of Florence

Posted: July 7, 2006  By James Suckling

I went to visit winemaker Bibi Graetz of Testamatta yesterday in the hills above Florence near the town of Fiesole. Bibi, 38, is a cool winemaker and is producing some exciting reds from classic Tuscan varietals such as Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo.

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Piedmont Sunday

Posted: July 3, 2006  By James Suckling

Had a couple of friends over for dinner last night and sat outside in the patio drinking a couple of Barolos with a grilled pork loin and parsley salad. The wines were 1997 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito and 1996 Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Chianti Who?

Posted: June 7, 2006  By James Suckling

I was tasting some 2003 Chianti Classicos today, and I started to think how confusing the appellation really is. You can’t tell what you have in the bottle, from a cheap red with little or no character to a superstar pure Sangiovese with the class and aging potential of any great Italian red.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Nero d'Avola and Sicily

Posted: May 29, 2006  By James Suckling

I haven’t really seen all that many great red wines from Sicily. Sure I have given plenty of 90- and 91-point scores to wines from the island in recent years, but I am still waiting to score some wines in the mid to high 90s – real classic quality.

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Great Food at the End of the Earth -- Sicily

Posted: May 26, 2006  By James Suckling

CATANIA, ITALY: I had a fantastic dinner last night in a restaurant that felt like it was at the end of the earth. It was literally out in the middle of nowhere in Sicily, about two hours south of Catania in a town called Ragusa Ibla, a beautiful ancient city with an almost Spanish colonial feel to it.

News & Features  :  News

Influential Italian Winemaker Dies

Edoardo Valentini was known for making long-lived Montepulciano and Trebbiano from Abruzzi

Posted: May 26, 2006  By Jo Cooke

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Confronting the Beast While Tasting

Posted: May 22, 2006  By James Suckling

I was sitting in my office this morning tasting 2003 Tuscan reds, and my West Highland Terrier, Archie, started barking outside the door into the backyard. He looked terrified. In fact, he jumped through his dog door like he had seen a ghost.

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Sails, Steaks and Syrah

Posted: May 15, 2006  By James Suckling

PORTOFINO: Spent the weekend here watching the Zegna Regatta, a sailboat race for mostly Swan, Wally and Transpac boats. The race, sponsored by the fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, is now in its 25th year and has become one of the cool spring events in Europe, with plenty of weekend parties in this small northern Italian village on the Ligurian coast.

May 15, 2006 Issue  :  Columns

Brunello's New Thrust?

Posted: May 15, 2006  By James Suckling

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Money, Money, Money

Posted: May 13, 2006  By James Suckling

FLORENCE -- Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, the Tuscan wine giant, announced yesterday that it has spun off some of its top wine estates into a new company, Tenute di Toscana, and then sold a small part of it to foreign investors, including Russian vodka producer SPI Group (whose brands include Stolichnaya) and former Napa Valley vintner Michael Mondavi, who now runs an import company.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Back in Bella (and Cold) Italia

Posted: May 11, 2006  By James Suckling

ROME – Arrived in Fumicino Airport this morning at about 8:30 a.m., following an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles via New York. After trying to start my car (I left the lights on over a week ago when I left!), I finally worked it out and left down the highway for home.

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Pairing Italian at A16, part 4: The Matches: Or Is Primitivo the Winner?

The Matches: Or is Primitivo the winner with the short ribs?

Posted: May 4, 2006  

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Pairing Italian at A16, part 3: The Matches: Is Aglianico the Best?

The Matches: Is the Aglianico better with the food?

Posted: May 3, 2006  

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Pairing Italian at A16, part 2: The Wines

The Wine: The two wines used in the pairing, Aglianico and Primitivo, are introduced by owner-sommelier Shelley Lindgren.

Posted: May 2, 2006  

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Pairing Italian at A16, part 1: The Food

The Food: Beef Short Ribs alla Genova: To demonstrate wine and food pairing Italian style, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator editor at large, starts off by talking with the chef about his favorite dish at A16 in San Francisco.

Posted: May 1, 2006  

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