TOM GETS FIZZICAL: Tom’s blogs

How good is the new Joseph Perrier cuvée?

Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Blanc de Noirs Vintage Brut Nature is the most exciting, most innovative Champagne this house has released in my lifetime. There are faults, but thankfully they are confined to its presentation and packaging, not the contents, the sheer quality of which had me spellbound from the start … […]

By | 2017-05-03T12:24:10+00:00 November 28th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Albet i Noya Nosodos: an exception to the rule!

Over the years I have tasted hundreds of wines that claim to have been produced without the addition of sulphur and as a rule they were vile. A few have been just about drinkable, but I have yet to find one that I would be happy to drink. Until now that is … and guess what? It’s a Cava … […]

By | 2015-11-30T17:08:53+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Hedonistic Range of Rare Dom Pérignon Vintages

I don’t normally reproduce a press-release, but for collectors out there with deep enough pockets, this treasure trove of DP is an absolute bargain … all 11 rare and very special bottles direct from the cellars for less than the cost of one bottle of Romanee Conti DRC 2005! Not that the DRC isn’t mind-boggling in its own right, but I will probably have to wait until I am dead before the 2005 reaches its [...]

By | 2015-08-27T12:07:37+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Why Lambrusco bottled it!

There are a number of different Lambrusco appellations in Italy and most are located in the lush valley vineyards of Emilia-Romagna, where we find the DOCs (or DOPs as they tend to label them these days) of Grasparossa di Castelvetro, Modena, Reggiano, Salamino di Santa Croce and Sorbara, with just one in neighbouring Lombardia (Mantovano). Until this tasting I thought the best Lambrusco come from Sorbara and the best of those was Chiarli Fondatore, but [...]

By | 2018-12-21T12:38:20+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Trentodoc

Unlike Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Trentodoc slips off the tongue of an Anglo-Saxon speaker very easily. Unfortunately, however, this made-up word is rather harsh-sounding to the Italian ear and although there is a cleverness in its construction (Trento + DOC), it does rather scupper any hopes the producers may have of promotion to DOCG!… […]

By | 2015-04-11T20:24:29+00:00 April 11th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Man on a mission: Asti & Brachetto d’Acqui

They are without doubt the world’s greatest dessert-style sparkling wines, yet no Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui performed well in the first year of the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC). Was this due to receiving entries exclusively from the dregs of the industry or had the overall quality of both appellations nose-dived? I was a man on a mission to find out!… […]

By | 2015-04-12T11:13:35+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Impressed by Alta Langa

On my recent grand tour of Italian sparkling wine I had arranged a tasting of Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui (see here), but before I got down to work I had two surprises, one nice, one not. The unpleasant surprise was the tasting room: it stank! The pleasant surprise was the Alta Langa DOCG, which I had not requested, but of which there were 20 should I wish to taste them. I had tasted Alta Langa [...]

By | 2015-04-08T11:40:27+00:00 April 6th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Messy Pavese

The Metodo Classico DOCG from Oltrepò Pavese is probably one of Italy’s least-known sparkling wines. Indeed, the very words Oltrepò Pavese are enough to make most English-speaking wine consumers ask “What’s that?” Well, “that” is the southernmost appendage of Lombardy and all sorts of wines are produced there, none to much acclaim. So why did I go there? … […]

By | 2015-05-14T10:35:20+00:00 April 5th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Viva il Rive!

Even with a full week in northern Italy, the jaunt to Prosecco’s beautiful hillside country was a bit of a stretch, logistically, with all the other sparkling wine regions I would be visiting much further east, but I was hoping it would be worth it for the opportunity to taste blind a significant number of Prosecco DOCG Rive and, from a quality perspective, I was not disappointed. […]

By | 2015-04-08T17:59:37+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments
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