News Archives: Italy

7 Things We Would Have Loved to Pour for You At Our 2021 GPT

9 Things We Would Have Loved to Pour for You At Our 2021 GPT 9

Think of this as our monthly answer to, ’so what have you been into lately?’ — fresh updates from Portfolio Managers with unfiltered intel on why we’re drinking what we are. Last year we kicked off the new decade with our 2020 Grand Portfolio Tastings, an inimitable series of events that we host, in any

Bisci of Matelica: Where Verdicchio Meets the Mountains of Le Marche

Bisci of Matelica: Where Verdicchio Meets the Mountains of Le Marche 6

It was December of 1998 when the client came knocking on Bisci’s doors. He wanted wine, naturally, but not just any. He wanted young wine, vino di annata. But at that time, Bisci didn’t release their Verdicchio until two years after the harvest. Giuseppe Bisci sent him off empty-handed, but he was perturbed. The high-elevation,

Mauro Molino: La Morra Is Just the Beginning!

Mauro Molino: La Morra Is Just the Beginning!

  Scouting for land in Piedmont takes mettle. It’s romantic to think the region’s every undulating hill is touched by providence to produce great wine. But even for Matteo and Martina Molino, whose roots here stretch several generations, the search for land in Costigliole d’Asti, the birthplace of their grandfather, was met with years of

ARPEPE 2013 Riservas: The Making of a Legend

ARPEPE 2013 Riservas: The Making of a Legend 4

The decision is not taken lightly, as the Pelizzatti-Perego siblings wrestle with the knowledge that their wines must live up to their forebears’ standards: Did the season find a balance between sunshine and rain? Did disease or hail take a part of the crop? Were the diurnal temperature swings appropriate in the critical months of

Scopetone and the Original Terroir of Brunello: Scarnacuoia

Scopetone and the Original Terroir of Brunello: Scarnacuoia 9

  Ferruccio Biondi Santi is widely credited for having “invented” Brunello, but very few people are aware that his first vineyard dedicated exclusively to “Sangioveto e Brunello,” planted in 1877, was not at his renown Il Greppo estate on the slopes south of Montalcino. The actual location, in fact, was in Scarnacuoia (pronounced scar-nah-KWOY-ah), just