Italy Archive

Andrea Franchetti – Freedom breaking barriers

When Will Hargrove sent me an invite to join him and the team for a masterclass with Andrea Franchetti from Tenuta di Trinoro, I jumped at the opportunity. The master of Italian Cabernet Franc, Andrea makes world-famous Bordeaux blends, which are difficult to get hold of due to its tiny...
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And on the third day… several Cantina Giacomo Conterno wines…

Following on from the Monfortino Magnum Monday 1970-2006 and then the Dinner at Zucca the morning of day three we had a very special tasting in the office. We showed the wines below, all double decanted that morning: Barbera Cerretta 2008 Roberto only took over the vineyard in June 2008 so there this wasn’t fully under...
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Roberto Conterno Dinner at Zucca

This dinner was a long time coming but, possibly slightly arrogantly, was well worth the wait. My favourite producer and my favourite restaurant. When we are planning these dinners there will always be an advanced party 2-3 weeks before and to taste the menu and go over any potential tweaks  that...
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Monfortino Magnum Monday! 1970-2006 (A Vinous event)

This was a very memorable dinner and tasting. It was several months of work to get it organised. The drive to do it came from Anthonio Galloni and his team at Vinous with special mention to James Forsyth. The magnums all came from one cellar. Roberto (Conterno) had never himself...
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Oxford University Wine Circle tasting with Andrea Franchetti

  On Thursday just gone I was delighted to join Andrea Franchetti in a tasting given for the Oxford University Wine Circle. The tasting was, two trios of the great estate but ten years apart. The wines were in magnum and had been sent to Oxford one week prior to the...
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Tasting and dinner with Roberto Conterno of Cantina Giacomo Conterno

For the last three years it has been a real privilege to travel out to Piedmont and taste with Roberto Conterno of Cantina Giacomo Conterno, in many ways my favourite estate in the world of wine, not that one needs to have a favourite. I look forward to it like...
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Cantina Giacomo Conterno – Tasting with Roberto

When visiting Roberto Conterno at Cantina Giacomo Conterno last May I did a series of blogs about a wonderful dinner, tasting the wines and visiting the vineyards. This time I am just going to write up my notes of the wines as little of the information on the vineyards has...
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The Wines of Andrea Franchetti

Last Wednesday I was delighted to help host a dinner with Barbara Santilli who works with Andrea Franchetti on both of his estates - Tenuta di Trinoro in the south of Tuscany (Val d'Orcia) & Tenuta di Passopisciaro (Mount Etna, Sicily). The dinner was at 1 Lombard Street which I...
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Video Interview with Enrico Santini

Earlier this week we were delighted to welcome Enrico Santini from Bolgheri to London for two lunches and a dinner. I hope you enjoy the interview. The 2000 and 2001 I refer to were both great but in very different ways.  The 2000 fresh, red fruited and juicy, amazing for a...
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A Night to remember with Lodovico Antinori

Our last big dinner of 2011 was a cracker, no older vintages here as this is a new project but one set for great things I think. The actual launch was last year at Mossiman’s so this year was a lower key and focussed dinner here at C&B’s HQ. We...
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