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Hardly any winery impresses as much with its excellent price-performance ratio for high-quality wines as Farnese Vini from Ortona in southern Italy. The secret of the enormous quality lies in the soil, which makes it easy for the winery to achieve the highest quality. Abruzzo, Puglia, Basilicata, Sicily – the list of growing regions of the noble grape varieties for the white and red wines from Italy is notable, as well as palatable.

Farnese Vini was a young company that, in just a few years, has become the leading export company in the South of Italy with a production of over 24 million bottles. These amazing results are certainly due to a careful policy always in search of high quality and new marketing strategies. Farnese’s success is not only about remarkable numbers; much of the company’s reputation comes from the many awards achieved in Italy and abroad.

The group has two wineries on the island of Sicily: Cantine Cellaro and Vignetti Zabù. Both are located in Sambuca di Sicilia and produce Sicilia IGT red and white wines from native and international varieties including Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Grillo, Zibibbo, Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese.

The great success of Farnese’s productive and commercial system has been expanded from Abruzzo to Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, Sicily and Tuscany, maintaining the main objective of producing high quality wines that are able to meet the expectations of the most demanding clients. In the future strategies of Farnese Group, southern Italy will play an increasingly important role because it can undoubtedly produce wines with an excellent quality-price ratio.

Farnese portfolio

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Hit the link below to recap which 38 Bordeaux 2019s are now recognised as Wine Lister MUST BUYs

The list is not 2019, but all of the wineries have evolved remarkably in these years.

Chateau Brane-Cantenac
Château Giscours
Malescot Saint Exupery
Château Palmer
Château Siran
Chateau Potensac
Château Grand-Puy Ducasse
Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Château Lafite Rothschild
Chateau Lynch Bages
Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande
Chateau Pontet-Canet
Château Haut-Bailly
Château Haut-Brion
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Chateau Clinet, Pomerol
Château La Conseillante, Pomerol
The Chateau Lafleur
Vieux Château Certan
Chateau Canon
Château Canon La Gaffelière – Vignobles Comtes von Neipperg
Château Cheval Blanc
Chateau Figeac
Château La Gaffelière
Château La Mondotte
Chateau Larcis Ducasse
Chateau Laroque
Château Pavie Macquin
Château Troplong Mondot
Chateau Calon Segur
Château Capbern Gasqueton
Château Meyney [Officiel]
Château Montrose
Chateau Gloria
Château Léoville Las Cases & Domaines Delon
Château Léoville Poyferré –

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Over 50 Chardonnay recommendations from regions around the world


It’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with Chardonnay.

Crafted in almost every major wine-producing country, the world’s most popular white wine is made in a range of styles, from lean, racy and unoaked, to ripe, rich and unctuous. It can also express an array of terroir-influenced elements, from stony minerality to salinity, and even herbal tones.

Chances are you’ve had at least one that you loved and at least one that you most certainly did not. But with such beauty and diversity, one should never dismiss the versatile variety as a whole—which is why it’s a good thing that you’ve got us.

We’ve highlighted the best Chardonnay-producing regions and top pours across a scale of stylistic preferences and site expressions to help you home in on the ones you’ll enjoy most. <—read more—>

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Best Umeshu (Plum Liqueur) 2020

It’s easy to misunderstand plum wine. For starters, the sweet-and-sour Japanese beverage is not a wine at all—it’s booze infused with plums, rather than fruit fermented into alcohol.

“Plum wine, or umeshu, is a liqueur made by steeping ume, or the Japanese plum, in some sort of liquor,” says Justin Park, read more

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JEAN MARIE FOURRIER Vosne Romanee Aux Reas 2015

JEAN MARIE FOURRIER Vosne Romanee Aux Reas 2015

France > Bourgogne , Wine Searcher Average rating 89


Jean-Marie Fourrier, who trained at Henri Jayer, releases this brand by Negociants, but it’s not only brand in the Domaine’s quority. The wines are made with the same attention to detail as Domaine wines, with no more than 30% of the total made. This wine is not too much acidity, tastes juicy. Pinot Noir, but the tannins are astringent and dense. Normally they make wine by destemming, but this label is made by whole bunch fermentation. Hence the scent of blue grass, more structure and the power. KH-17/20

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This winery was founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who with his great vision and passion understood the huge potential of wine in the Montalcino territory, and was passed on to his son Giacomo in 1991. Casanova di Neri does in fact stands for the Casanova Estate of the Neri Family.
The production started in the Eastern part of Montalcino and was extended later in other areas. Currently the estate covers a surface of around 500 hectares of which 63 are vineyards, 20 olive groves and the rest arable land and forest.
The Casanova di Neri winery is mostly underground; this allows the processes to be kept naturally cool without the use of air conditioning or temperature control. It has been built on three different levels to take advantage of gravity during the winemaking process.

Casanova di Neri is the outcome of a process of productive and philosophical evolution, a new vision of Brunello di Montalcino that interprets tradition in a different innovative way. A profound commitment and respect for the land, a conviction that it is the lynchpin for the production of unique wines and that the care given in treating the grapes in the winery according to their varying characteristics is what we value most.

The care and passion in working the land has to take into account the characteristics of the land, the microclimate and the variety so as to produce a unique distinct wine able to express its territory. For over forty years our evolution has been marked by careful targeted choices that have distinguished our estate and the wines we produce creating their own style.

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Gaja- The Emperor of Italian Wine

Gaja is one of the stars of the world wine scene, a producer that is widely credited with transforming not just the image and international reputation of its native Piedmont region, but of Italy as a whole. It has had a significant impact on the way that Italian wine is grown, made, priced, distributed and marketed.

Gaja, founded in 1859, with only two hectares by Giovanni Gaja, whose ancestors originally came from Spain in the 17th Century, is now run by Gaia Gaja, the fifth generation of the family to make wine in Barbaresco. Each generation saw expansion, although Angelo Gaja, who took over full-time in 1970, is often credited with the estate’s more recent success. Angelo is sometimes regarded as one of Italy’s leading modernizers – the counterpoint to Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco’s other superstars.

Gaja is best known for the reds it makes in Piedmont and Tuscany, but around 8 percent of its production is white. There are four vini bianchi in the Gaja portfolio: Vistamare (a blend of Vermentino and Viognier), Alteni di Brassica (a Sauvignon Blanc), Rossj Bass (a Chardonnay with 5 percent Sauvignon Blanc) and, best of all, Gaia & Rey Chardonnay, which ages remarkably well.

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Italy > Piedmont , Wine Spectator 90, , Vinos / Antonio Galloni 93

More fruitful and juicy than another Barbera d’Alba’s, with a slightly crispiness. The price is high compared to another Barbera d’Alba’s, but the quality is also high. Their tannins used to be hard, but now that the winemaker has been replaced by his daughter, the style is easier to drink. KH-17/20

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HENRI GIRAUD Esprit Nature

HENRI GIRAUD Esprit Nature N.V

France > champagne, Wine Advovate / Robert Parker 92, Wine Spectator 92, , Vinos / Antonio Galloni 90, Wine Searcher Average rating 89


Light and easy for an 80% Pinot Noir, with white spice and vanilla notes from oak barrels. Brewed in the controversial terra-cotta oval tank (Amphora). The color is a pale, transparent gold, with crisp acidity and a refreshing mineral content. The attack is soft with some brioche notes in the aftertaste. KH-17.5/20