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Amarone, Musella

Musella make very special wines! What makes them unique is that they look for harmony and balance in the wine, not just power and intensity. Don't get me wrong, this is still a full-bodied wine, made with dried grapes in the usual way, but it isn't too intense or too alcoholic like a lot of modern Amarone. This is deliciously drinkable; more than one glass won't knock you out! Maddalena Pasqua is passionate about her vineyards and the land on which she lives; she makes wines that shine with this love. All the vineyards and farmed Biodynamically and the wines made by hand. A great wine to finish the meal and can accompany a range of cheeses including complex Cheddars such as Montgomery or Pitchfork, or  soft blues like Beauvale.

Barolo, Giacomo Fenocchio, Piemonte

Giacomo Fenocchio produces one of the best-value Barolos on the market. The wines exhibit all the perfume and structure of the great wines of Piedmont without the crazy pricing. This is a great vintage that is open and drinking beautifully now but will age gracefully for many years to come.

Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco, Piemonte

In 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way the small properties could survive was by joining their efforts, gathered together nineteen small growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. The first three vintages were made in the church basement, and then in the winery built across the square from where the Produttori is still located. United once again, the small growers continued the work started by Domizio Cavazza, producing only Barbaresco wine and enhancing both the reputation of the wine and the village. The Produttori del Barbaresco now has 50 members and 100 hectares (250 acres) of Nebbiolo vineyards in the Barbaresco appellation, which amounts to almost a sixth of the vineyards of the area. The most important thing, however, is that quality is always the highest priority and in Aldo Vacca, they have one of the World's most respected winemakers. We buy this wine every year and it never disappoints; every vintage is different, reflecting the year itself, but has the hallmark of class and quality. The thing I like most about this is the amazing perfume; great Nebbiolo has a unique nose that is hard to beat! These wines age gracefully for decades and really represent great value in the context of Piemonte's top producers. A great wine for the cheeseboard but also, venison and duck; when young the tannins are firm, so the food does need some richness and fat. As they age, the tannins soften but strong, hard cheeses (Old Winchester, Double Barrel, Cornish Kern...) are still my favourite match.       

Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena

One of the best producers in Tuscany, Isole e Olena make a very elegant style of Chianti, with a heady perfume of spicy red-fruits and a long, lingering finish. No over-oaking or over-extraction here; pure class!

Terlaner Cuvee, Cantine Terlano


Cantina Terlano is well known in Italian wine drinking circles for producing Italy’s longest lived white wines. Many memorable wines from the 1950s and 1960s, which rank amongst the greatest white wines of the world, were made here.

Located in the heart of the Terlan wine-growing region and founded in 1893, it is one of the oldest Alto Adige cooperatives. At that time, 24 growers set themselves the goal of joint production and sales marketing. Recognition and prosperity blossomed from there. Today Terlano has approximately 100 members, it farms 150 hectares and has an annual production of roughly 1.2 million bottles.

Under the expert eye of winemaker Rudi Kofler, the wines are sold and marketed according to three different quality categories. Furthermore, special older vintages have been stored in the valuable 'vinotheque', so that today roughly 12,000 bottles from 1955 to the present day are stored and some date back to even earlier days. This wine collection of older vintages is absolutely unique in Italy and proves that Terlano’s wines are able to age harmoniously for decades.

Brilliant pale yellow colour with green nuances. On the nose green apple and white peach combine with fine nuances of lemon balm and mint to create the typical aroma of the classic Terlano. On the palate the peach is very strong, too, lending the Terlano its lively but at the same time very mellow character. The multifaceted, well structured flavor derives from an interplay of freshness and minerality and also has a wonderfully persistent finish.

Great now, but this wine will gain richness and complexity with ageing. A perfect match for grilled fish and asparagus but this very food-friendly wine is remarkably versatile and can stand up to strongly flavoured dishes.

Ceresuolo di Vittoria, Gulfi, Sicily

A 50/50 blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato di Vittoria, which were replanted by Gulfi and trained according to the traditional Alberello system. The Nero d'Avola is harvested at the end of September and Frappato in the first week of October. The two varieties are fermented separately, with a short maceration on the skins. After fermentation, the wines are blended and bottled after two months.Ceresulo refers to the vibrant colour and perfume of the wines, with cherries bursting from the glass.Frappato is light, perfumed and light on tannins while Nero d'Avola is richer and more full-bodied. Together they make a really interesting style of wine and Gulfi's is one of the best examples.A delicious wine that suits outdoor eating; grilled meats from the bbq are perfect, as are cold meats and cheeses.

Lugana ‘i Frati’, Ca dei Frati

The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca' dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decade, they remain the best producer in Lugana.The quality of the wines is attributable directly to Igino Dal Cero's obsession with detail. All their fruit is picked by hand and he ensures there is no skin contact as he wants to retain the delicate perfumes and enhance the supple texture of the whites.Made solely from the Turbiana variety (related to Verdicchio, it was formerly known as Trebbiano di Lugana and then Lugana), the wine has depth and zip that few wines from this area demonstrate.Perfect with grilled fish, light pasta dishes or antipasti.

Monteleccio, Sesti

The Sesti family are one of the best producers of Brunello di Montalcino. Based at the beautiful Castello di Argiano, they have the most beautiful property imaginable and they make wines in a thoughtful and balanced style; traditional in the best sense of the word. The grapes for this wine are selected because they are felt to be best for drinking young; so they could become Brunello but they are aged for less time. More character than many actual Brunello and for half the price, this is one of Montalcino’s best buys. Great with hard cheeses (Cornish Kern or Old Winchester?), as well as roast lamb with lots of garlic and rosemary, pasta with meat sauces and stews.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Panizzi

Situated in the picturesque medieval town of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Panizzi produce lovely organic certified, Vernaccia di San Gimignano wines of typicity and excellent value.Vernaccia diSan Gimignano is a historically important Italian DOC, Italy’s first DOC in fact, and home to Tuscany's leading white wines. Typically dry, fresh, crisp, and mineral, with a slightly bitter after note, these wines are predominantly made from Vernaccia, but also permit small portions of other white varietals to be included in the blend.Established in 1989 Panizzi work with 60 hectares of vines spread across four vineyard sites in the San Gimignano area; Lazzaretto, Santa Margherita, Montagnana, and Larniano. Born from research undertaken by Giovanni Panizzi, into Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the terroir, ageing techniques and sustainable agriculture, the company is run today by Simone Niccolai, who continues Giovanni’s legacy and research. Sustainability is a principal focus for Panizzi. No pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers are used during the production of their wines, from the 2020 vintage onwards they are certified organic, though they have farmed using organic practices for many years, they also do as much as possible by hand to limit the use of machinery and their environmental impact. All their wines are vegan and vegetarian friendly. Driven by identity, typicity, and quality, these wines show real focus, terroir expression, and varietal purity.This is the perfect, elegant wine to accompany simple grilled fish with really good olive oil.

Frizzante Rosato Unfiltered, Int3gral3, Veneto

This is a group of young like-minded growers and winemakers who've decided to do something fun, of the moment and very different. For these two cloudy wines, they draw on old parcels of indigenous grapes in the Euganean Hills, best described as the toe of the Dolomites dipped in the Venice Lagoon. This is important as most vines in this area are planted on flat, fertile land which gives crude simplistic flavours, whilst these vines toil away in the tougher hills.This business model is part of a new wave of a young generation whose conservative parents wont take this kind of risk with the family name, so they band together to use what they can lay their hands on.The grapes used are Raboso, Marzemino, Corbinella, Turchetta.A wonderful wine that drinks as beautifully as it looks, full of fresh summer fruit flavours.Organic 

Negroamaro Rosato, Cantele, Puglia

Having fallen in love with Puglia, Giovanni Battista Cantele and his wife Teresa Manara decided to move to Salento to

Nero di Troia, Caiaffa, Puglia

Caiaffa works to the principle of synergistic agriculture. They believe that nature is man's greatest collaborator, and that nature maintains balance. Certified organic, they do not use insecticides or pesticides in order to encourage a balanced  ecosystem and work at one with nature.This wine is atypical of Puglia, being light, juicy and with lovely freshness. Reds from this hot region often have high alcohol levels with intensity and concentration that can be a bit tiresome.What i like about Caiaffa's wines is that they have great drinkability; lots of flavour, but a light, fleshy quality to them that makes them sit so easily with food. This is great value for such quality and really worth a go. Try it the next time you have lasagne!