Moscato d’Asti – A Masterclass

Nov 02, 21 Moscato d’Asti – A Masterclass

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Last week I went to the Simply Italian Great Wines tasting at the Westminster Church Halls. I went not only to taste some great wines but also to attend the Moscato d’Asti masterclass presented by Italian wine expert Walter Speller and the Consorzio Asti Director Giacomo Pondini. The producers were also present and were more...

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Bruchicello Cataratto – Summer white

May 05, 20 Bruchicello Cataratto – Summer white

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Cataratto is often produced in bulk and sold as a cheap Italian white wine. Cataratto means ‘abundance’ in the local dialect, which is probably why it is known as a cheap and cheerful white. But when it is produced by small family run vineyards with the utmost attention, as the Bruchicello Cataratto is, it can be a...

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New Italian wine bar – Bottles in Spitalfields

Aug 21, 18 New Italian wine bar – Bottles in Spitalfields

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Spitalfields is now the home of new wine bar, Bottles. A joint venture by Italian food and wine experts, Franco Mancini and Daniele Marano, Bottles aims to showcase small Italian wine producers, indigenous varieties, and forgotten grapes. Bottles occupies the old Vagabond space in Spitalfields Market, facing Brushfield St on one...

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Spotlight on biodynamic wines at Tozi in Pimlico

Jul 11, 17 Spotlight on biodynamic wines at Tozi in Pimlico

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Tozi in Pimlico have recently put a spotlight on biodynamic and natural Italian wines they feature on their wine list. Tozi is a Venetian -Italian restaurant that focus on small plates of Italian food or ‘cicchetti’, as it’s known in the Veneto region. The biodynamic and natural wine movement has always been quite...

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Bellavista Franciacorta, Italian sparkling with dinner

May 19, 17 Bellavista Franciacorta, Italian sparkling with dinner

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I recently attended a dinner hosted by Franciacorta producer Bellavista. We met at Italian restaurant Margot in Covent Garden for what promised to be an enlightening wine and food matching occasion. Franciacorta is often said to be Italy’s answer to Champagne and, while it is made using the same method and uses chardonnay as it’s...

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