Falanghina from Cantine degli Astroni at the 2010 LIWF

I do enjoy those more obscure Italian varietals. Italy has something like over a thousand native grape varieties and over a million vineyards under cultivation! Which means you are spoilt for choice. No need to stick to the usual suspects such as pinot grigio and sangiovese (Chianti). Falanghina might be more or less an unknown quantity here in the UK but it is widely grown and consumed in Italy. While I was at the London International Wine Fair recently, I tried the falanghina of Cantine degli Astroni, a vineyard based in the Phlegraean Fields near Naples.  The  vineyard for the Strione falanghina is situated on the slopes of the Astroni crater and the it’s volcanic influences can be found on the nose and palate. What was interesting about this wine was that it had been macerated on the skins, something that is not commonly done with white wine grapes. Macerating it on the skins gives the wine a whole new complexity and character, richer, fuller and definitely much more structure. Cantine degli Astroni also produce other excellent white wines including greco di tufo and fiano de avellino but I wanted to focus on the falanghina as I thought it was the most interesting. I had a brief chat with their rep, Gerrardo (his friends call him Gerry)Vernazzaro. Click on the vid to find out more about the Strione falanghina.  The Strione is available from Naked Wines. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Neil McGuigan and his semillon at the 2010 LIWF

I ran into Australian wine maker Neil McGuigan at the 2010 International Wine Fair here in London not long ago and this time, rather then talk about his Handmade shiraz, Neil wanted to tell me all about his latest vintage of semillon. Neil is very proud of his semillon and even though we were drinking his latest vintage, he believes that it can live on for many years. As a matter of fact, the last time he was in town, we did try one of his older semillons from the ’90’s and it was tasting still quite fresh. I asked him to tell me a bit more about what he is trying to achieve with his 2010 semillon. Watch the video to find out more. In the meantime, his wines are widely available in the UK from Majestic, Winesdirect and Laithwaites. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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