The Kids Are Alright

Italy, Uncategorized

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My first love in wine is always Piemonte. It’s where, about 15 years ago, I first stood in a vineyard and thought; “this is a bit of alright, isn’t it?” Over the years I’ve made my way through countless bottles of Barbera, Dolcetto, and Arneis, even the occasional Barolo or Barbaresco when the wallet stretched that far!

Massive Congratulations (You Jammy B@stard!)

Competitions, Italy, Uncategorized

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It’s finally time to reveal the winner of the Lazenne WineCheck competition. It took us a while to organize a good time to deliver, but now he’s got them we can reveal that the winner was Andrea Briccarello from London. To quote Monty Python; You lucky, lucky bastard! (only kidding)

Did I Just Get Asked My Opinion?

Italy, Uncategorized, Wine Industry

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A friend of mine in Italy is a young winemaker called Ale. He’s 20 (or is it 21?) so is still very much a newbie in the world of winemaking, but has been churning out some of the best Barbera (Piemontese red wine grape) I’ve tried for a long time. But, being a young man, he’s always trying to push his boundaries, and at the minute it’s all about making a traditional method sparkling wine. It’s not an easy technique to master, so when I was round the other evening we had a taste of a couple, and he asked me what I thought. 

Famous Wines From Piemonte

Info For Beginners, Italy, Uncategorized

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Whilst we’re in the season of Piemonte, with the competition and everything, I thought I’d continue with a kind of Piemonte 101. As we heard from last time, Piemonte’s up in the North West of Italy, in that little bit in between France, Switzerland, and the sea. Directly translated to “the foot of the mountains” it’s where the alps calm down a bit and the hills start.

Picking Your Way Through Italian Wines

Italy, Uncategorized, Wine Tours

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When you think about Italian wines loads of people think about things like Chianti, Prosecco, and Pinot Grigio. And why wouldn’t you? We all walk into wine aisles and see the shelves rammed full of those three. But what do you do when you want to start exploring Italian wines a bit more? Where do you start?

Coming Up This Week On Please Bring Me My Wine

Info For Beginners, Info For More Seasoned Winos, Italy, Reds, Uncategorized, Whites

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Given that I’ve had my head down the last few weeks doing Jury Service, I haven’t had the time or mental energy to do anything other than help deliver the Queen’s justice! So here’s me thinking about what I’m going to write about this week…

The Great Piemonte Wine Giveaway – THE LAUNCH

Competition, Italy, Uncategorized

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Ok guys and girls, you really REALLY want to read this post! As I mentioned in a pre cursor last week, I’ve teamed up with Valeire from the Girls Gotta Drink blog, and the team behind Lazenne wine luggage to offer an incredible wine giveaway. This week’s post gives the overview of the set up, what there is to win, and how you enter. Honestly, there’s a bag full of amazing (and free!!) wine for the winner. Get stuck in!

Get Into The Vineyards To Get Your wine Geek On!

20h33, France, Italy, Portugal, Uncategorized, Wine Tours

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I didn’t ever fall in love with the idea of wine by drinking an amazing glass of anything. I didn’t have a mate who had an amazing collection that they wanted to share the love with. I got into wine by going out on holiday to Piemonte in Italy and spending time in an insanely beautiful area with the winemakers who live there. The passion and feeling of what they do with their days is absolutely infectious. As knobby as that sounds, it worked for me!

Fritto Misto – Italian For Heart Failure!

For The Foodies, Italy, Sparkling

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Last weekend, when I was over in Italy for my sister’s wedding celebration we headed off to a restaurant with her fella and his parents on the last day before we headed back. This was a place we had to try apparently. Normally when an Italian says that to you, then just go with it! You’re about to get an experience, and this trip was no different.