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Renato Ratti

Renato Ratti Barolo are some of the favourite wines I buy each year. And these are wines I buy for my cellar as well as recommend for yours. I’ve never had a bad Renato Ratti Barolo, but I have had plenty of great ones. The 1996 Marcenasco being chief among them. My attachment to this … Read more

The foggy lands of Nebbiolo

The hills of Barolo and Barbaresco resemble a fluffy doona freshly tossed onto a bed before being smoothed out. There are peaks and troughs, amphitheatres, ravines, steep gradients and flat lands. The face in every direction possible and if there is a piece of land without a road or a house on it, you can bet … Read more

Italian Reds – North vs South 1st July 2013

Regular readers of this blog will know I love Aglianico, Nebbiolo and well Italian wine in general. So with access to some lovely older Aglianico, known as the Barolo of the South, I thought why not taste them side by side. I don’t find that Aglianico tastes an awful lot like Nebbiolo. What it does … Read more

A Tale of Two Regions: Piedmont at Chianti Tasting 30/06/12

Mezzo in all its glory Yep, it has been a busy week and very much focussed on Italian wines, it has been fun and informative. On Saturday TWD teamed up with Mezzo Restaurant to host a tasting that featured wines from two of Italy’s premier red wine producing regions. Piedmont – the foggy, hilly region in the North West … Read more

Barbaresco Dinner at Mezzo 02/07/12

That is right folks, it has been an Italian-a-thon in my tasting circles. But far out it has been a great adventure. This was my third Italian wine event in a week and while I was a bit tired, my enthusiasm for their wines is as strong as ever. This dinner revolved around the 2001 vintage of Produttori del … Read more

Barbaresco Dinner at Matteo’s 04/06/12

Continuing my Italian Odyssey (sadly without leaving Melbourne) Patrick’s group assembled to taste most of the Single Cru wines from one of the worlds best cooperatives Produttori del Barbaresco from the fantastic 2007 vintage. It is a sight of beauty. Barbaresco is in the region of Piedmont in North West tip of Italy, you can read a … Read more

WINE OF THE WEEK

WINE OF THE WEEKPatrizi Moscato d’Asti 2011 – One of my (surprisingly) favourite wines from the Piedmont Dinner I hosted in May http://winedep.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/piedmont-dinner-and-masterclass-at.html Patrizi Moscato d’Asti Moscato is the traditional way to cleanse the palate after a meal before getting stuck into the Grappa (which is what we did). I was a hint sceptical at … Read more

Piedmont Dinner and Masterclass at Scopri 15/05/12

It is with a lot of pride I can write about the inaugural Wine Depository dinner which took place on Tuesday 15th May 2012. The private room at Scopri. An ideal setting. The goal was to have a casual and informative night on one of the worlds great regions: Piedmont. In many ways it is the Italian equivalent … Read more

Italian Wines

There has been some seriously good wine consumed at the Red House (TWD HQ) and at events. At home we’ve had some awesome Italian wines. All red and a lot of them have been because customers have tipped me off. If you want more information or would like to order any of them (or all … Read more

Some Wine Re-Research

So these wines were happily spruiked in my current Cellar Dozen. But I do like to be thorough… and I really enjoyed them last time I tasted them. Franz Haas Pinot Grigio DOC 2010  – I’ve tasted quite a few really good Gris/Grigio wines in the recent past and this is one of the most … Read more