White truffles, smelly potatoes, and Tintilia wine

This wine for me a synonym of absolute exclusivity. Not because of the cost. First, you should know about it. Second – know where to find it. . This bottle is from Molise, a tiny region in the South of Italy. Most wine experts not even bother to mention it. Meanwhile, this region has two…

20 native grape varieties from 20 Italian regions

Which wine most of the people usually drink? Cabernet or Chardonnay. Maybe Pinot or Sauvignon. Merlot or Malbec. If you are not one of these people, I’m very happy for you because it’s a pity to be closed in the box with six walls when the wine world has so many to offer. For example,…

Small wine producers: 5 Q&A with Napa winemaker Ian Devereux White

A few days ago I asked on Instagram if there is anything you want to know about small wine producers. Who can answer better than a real winemaker? Meet Ian Devereux White from Napa. His company SmithDevereux had the first vintage in 2012. And here is what he said: 1. What does small mean? A small…

The worst cliche about Bordeaux wine

What do Kylie Jenner and Bordeaux wine have in common? Except for being nice medium-to-full-body. First, you probably heard about both of them, even if you live under the rock with no internet. Second, you might have an opinion formed on things you’ve heard, even against your will. I asked yesterday “what is the worst cliche…

Are Italian DOC(G) wines better than non-DOC(G)?

Labels DOC * and DOCG ** on the neck of a bottle do not mean quality themselves, it means control, the rules prescribed in the law on the production of wines according to certain standards. First they appeared in 1963, guaranteeing territorial origin to protect and raise the level of Italian winemaking. It should be…

Which champagne is better to drink – young or aged?

Champagne can age very well, although producers do not really recommend to hold it for a long time. The reason – they afraid people don’t have a proper place for storage, which will affect the quality of the bubbles in the long run. Considering how French are attentive for every single detail, this makes sense….

Which is more sugar – in a glass of wine or in 1% fat kefir?

Not a long time ago I watched the documentary «That Sugar Film». The author says that a normal person consumes 40 teaspoons of sugar every day without knowing that! He uses his body to show what influence sugar has on people and consequences for our body and brain. For me was astonishing how changed the…

57 experiments: how scientific research changed viticulture of Lazio

In the 80s, Lazio’s wine culture was not remarkable for its achievements and was rather an outsider. The main reasons were that manufacturers set their minds on quantity but not quality, the typology of the soil was not studied, and many of the vines were simply not cultivated. After comparing this depressing situation in Lazio…

The power of Luca Maroni

Why do you want to be recognized as an expert in your field? After visiting event Roma Hortus Vini, organized by Best Italian Wines and Italian wine analyst Luca Maroni  I realized that the most attractive, the most appealing of all reasons is power. The power which permits you to not follow common rules. To…

Priorities and modern vision of Tancredi Biondi-Santi

Tancredi represents the seventh generation of the family Biondi-Santi, one of the most celebrated winemaking company in Italy. Growing up in the family of  famous winemakers, he did not take anything for granted: “I’m grateful to be able to hear my father and grandfather talking about wine, the opportunity to see two different philosophies and…

Must see in Tuscany: count’s vineyard just 30 minutes from Florence

Count Filippo Contini Bonacossi represents the fourth generation of the winemakers. He made his first bottle of wine at the age of 8. No wonder that wines of his family owned Tenuta di Capezzana receives International awards and high 92+ points all the time. Fascinating the history of his wine area, Carmignano. How the area…

5 things that surprise foreigners in the attitude of Italians to the wine

This post in the Italian language is at mangiaebevi.it The ancient Romans were not just conquerors. They brought in every sphere a culture that could unite the Empire. The language was probably the most important. But also the Romans planted grape vines in the conquered territories in order to rally people even more. That’s why…