Sicily’s Far East

While quality wine is the new normal across Sicily, the most exciting areas of the island right now are located in the east, namely Mount Etna, Vittoria, Noto, and Faro. Boasting ideal growing conditions where native grapes excel, these four growing zones produce some of the finest wines on the island, and the best are among the most compelling bottlings coming out of Italy.

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Piedmont: Best Wine Travel Destination 2015

Located in northwest Italy and bordering Switzerland and France, Piedmont is Italy’s second-largest region, and the most mountainous. The majestic, snow-capped Alps make a stunning backdrop to the rolling, vine-covered hills. And these aren’t just any vineyards.

© Paolo Tenti | The town of Barbaresco
© Paolo Tenti | The town of Barbaresco

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014, vineyards in the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato areas are amongst the most celebrated in Italy. They’re home to famed reds made from Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, as well as Moscato d’Asti, a lightly frothy dessert wine. Piedmont, which means “foot of the mountain,” is also a culinary paradise, famed for its rare white truffles. Throw in outstanding lodgings, and you have a wine lover’s dream destination.

Read the article: Travel Piedmont

Leggi qui il commento de La Stampa: La classifica del Wine Enthusiast: il Piemonte nella top ten mondiale dei viaggi tra vigneti e cantine

Books of the year 2014 + Debunking Barolo myths

This is another fine study from one of the great wine commentators on Italy and is in the frame for wine book of the year. [Walter is also a big fan of this book and will be writing soon on one or two particular myths it exposes – JR.]

Rea the review: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/books-of-the-year-2014

cover of Barolo and Barbaresco book
Barolo and Barbaresco. The King and Queen of Italian Wine

Kerin O’Keefe’s latest book was one of our reviewer’s six wine books of 2014, reviews of which we published free on Friday. Walter would also like to have his say on O’Keefe’s Barolo and Barbaresco.

Read Walter’s article: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/debunking-barolo-myths