Opening the Wine Doors of Florence

Andrew Barrow sheds light on the forgotten Florentine portals that date back to the Medici period and served vino from beyond the city’s walls well into the last century. “You sure they ain’t religious tabernacles?” – my unimpressed companion questioned. No, the 167- odd Wine Doors of Florence, the basis for my final project for the Falmouth University MA course, which covered these little remnan...
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Delighting in the Marche: Circle of Wine Writers Trip 2019

Michèle Shah, our very own Italy-based CWW member, introduces the Marche – which although now visited several times by the Circle, continues to serve up very pleasant vinous, gastronomic and cultural surprises. Our trip to the Marche generously sponsored by Marchet, Azienda Speciale della Camera di Commercio delle Marche took place 19th-23th May. The trip was especially well-organised by Francesc...
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Dry Asti, Barbera, a new DOCG and the Brachetto beyond

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Fior d’Arancio: a case for terroir Muscat?

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Staggering numbers build the prosecco revolution

Steve Pryer visits Italy to explore the facts, figures and reasons why the tsunami of easy-drinking, affordable Italian sparkling wine has changed the drinking habits of many Britons.  Prosecco has been the UK’s bubbly sensation of recent years. Despite some recent reports of a slow-down in sales, the UK remains one of biggest buyers of this Italian sparkler, purchasing more than one-third of all...
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A double anniversary in Italy

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Franciacorta: It’s all in the ‘lies’…

Linda Johnson-Bell provides her takeaways from CWW’s recent Franciacorta seminar, in which Franciacorta’s UK brand ambassador, Tom Harrow, described how and why Franciacorta is forging its own identity. The event was held at The Naval Club, Hill St, Mayfair, London, on 3rd July, 2018. This won’t be a primer on the ABC’s of Franciacorta – the region of land between Lake Iseo and Brescia, and one o...
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Delving into the Marche: CWW Trip Report 2018

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Chianti Classico beyond the wine – there’s top olive oil, prosciutto and pecorino too

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