In a nutshell: A push-the-boat-out 95-point wine that’s classy yet restrained.
The producer: The Chiarlo style has always been to produce elegant and complex wines using the great indigenous grapes of Piedmont, imbibing them with that ability to age and highlighting all the characteristics of the vineyards and soil from which they claim their origin.
In a nutshell: A truly exceptional white; silky and fresh with a tremendous finish.
The producer: This 96-acre property located at the northern point of the Entre-deux-Mers in the small town of St. Germain du Puch is run by a passionate and dedicated husband and wife team of Jean-Louis and Estelle Roumage, who manage to blend respect for tradition with a modern outlook to vine management and winemaking techniques.
Our very own Steve Daniel was the subject of Victoria Moore’s Saturday Telegraph wine column this week.
She featured a lengthy and insightful interview with Steve (who knew that he discovered Greek wine after his best friend’s Aunty Nora married a Greek travel agent called Stavros?!) as well as reviewing a number of wines from the Hallgarten range.
On hand to help guide attendees through the wines will be Steve Daniel, Hallgarten’s head of buying and Greek wine expert. Steve was the first person to bring Greek wines to the UK when he was working at Oddbins in the 1980s, and he is still as passionate about the country and its wines today.
In a nutshell: Peachy, ripe and mouth-filling, it’s no surprise this keeps winning prizes.
The producer: Vangelis Gerovassiliou is the Godfather of Modern Greek winemaking. He studied winemaking at Bordeaux University and was the winemaker at the ground breaking Château Carras from 1976 until 1999. Vangelis set up his winery in 1981 specialising in blends of French and Greek varietals.
Italian wine authority Intravino has named Tramin and Valle Reale in its list of Top 100 Italian wineries.
The list – unordered, but filed by region – sees Tramin listed as one of only four wineries from the Alto Adige region in the Top 100, while Valle Reale is also one of four wineries from Abruzzi to make the cut.
Members of the wine and restaurant trades were treated to a Puglian-inspired feast at Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café earlier this week following a partnership with the restaurant and Italian winery San Marzano.
The event saw five top chefs come together to create a six-course tasting menu that was brilliantly matched with wines from San Marzano.
In a nutshell: A red to serve with turkey if ever there was one.
The producer: Larry Cherubino is the superstar winemaker in Australia at the moment. His cool-climate, terroir-driven wines are helping to redefine Australian wines. In the last 10 years since setting up the eponymous Larry Cherubino Wines, Larry has won just about every gong going, including James Halliday’s Winery of the Year.