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As UK specialists in premium Italian wines, we send our wines to some of the best wine journalists in the UK. They scan hundreds of wines, and we are delighted that wines from our portfolio feature in the news so often. You’ll find journalist reviews and tasting notes in the articles below.

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Wine and Chocolate Gift Sets

VALENTINE’S Day is just around the corner and the prospect of lockdown lovers having to have an evening in this year is ever more likely.

2021 could be the year to push the boat out and purchase something special for your partner. With this in mind you may be interested to hear that Independent Wine has launched a St Valentine’s Day gift set with Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett.

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Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 

Whether your New Year’s Eve dinner is canapés or a full-blown Italian-style cenone di Capodanno (New Year’s Eve feast) with all the trimmings, you’re going to need a wine that can stand up to all that rich food and strong flavors. Enter Tuscany’s boldest Sangiovese expression: Brunello di Montalcino…

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Kurtatsch Brenntal Gewurztraminer Riserva 2017 

White wines from Alto Adige, in Italy’s German-speaking, high-altitude north, are becoming more and more popular around the world. For a luxe New Year’s Eve option, try the aromatic Kurtatsch Brenntal Gewürztraminer Riserva 2017, which Independent Wines calls “Italian Christmas in a glass” thanks to perfumed notes of honey and candied orange peel, evoking extravagant slices of panettone.

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K Martini & Sohn, Alte Reben Weissburgunder, 2017

From one of the most northerly vineyard areas in Italy, this needs to be tried. Aromas of peach, lime, beeswax and white flowers lead to rich, intense, toasty flavours of juicy peach, mango, baked apple, gentle spices, and white grapefruit. Zingy acidity counteracts the rich yellow fruits and beeswax on the finish.

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Massimago | Marchesa Maria Bella | Valpolicella Ripasso DOC 2017

Lighter but somehow even more penetrating and intensely fruity is the organic Marchese Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Organic 2017 (£24.91 independent.wine), made in a sustainable winery with corvina, corvinone and rondinella using leftover grape skins from amarone wine in the “ripasso” method, (a different process to appassimento…)

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…the exotically fruited, multilayered Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Riserva Giati, Alto-Adige 2017 (£24.45, independent.wine) are every bit as full of character as the best pinot gris or grauburgunder.

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Maturum Lagrein Riserva, Alto Adige, Italy 2017, Independent Wine

An elaborate recipe with a lot of flavours, richness and, this being duck, a certain amount of fat, calls for a wine with similar complexity and plenty of acidity. This Alpine red does both: a hit of vibrant black fruit, elegant floral notes, peppery spice, a hint of aniseed and great length.

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Francone Valsellera | Sparkling Rosé Brut NV | 100% Nebbiolo

In the bubbly department, the sparkling rosé made from Nebbiolo became the number one option for gifts. This wine is made from the same grape used to make Piedmont’s legendary red wines Barolo and Barbaresco, and it’s a fantastic fizz, made in the traditional method so it’s more similar to Champagne than Prosecco.

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Peter Zemmer. Riesling. 2019. (Alto Adige DOC)

From a winery that has existed for over 90 years comes this Riesling with aromas of honey, green apples, lemon drops and even pine needles. In the mouth this is full and creamy with tastes of Bartlett pears, green apples, gooseberries and yellow plums. The racy acidity is slightly cloaked beneath a veneer of sweetness, and the length includes minerality.

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Rubinnelli Vajol Valpolicella 2015

…the Rubinnelli Vajol Valpolicella 2015, which is made from a corvina-dominated blend of local grapes, is in a totally different league. Again, a small boutique winery but a very different type of wine: light in colour and body, with dried cranberry and pomegranate flavours, a delicate touch of chocolate and a hint of pepper; really beguiling and interesting.

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Francone Barbera I Patriarchi 2017

Star Buy. Francone I Patriarchi Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC, Italy 2017

Nebbiolo is the red Piedmont grape variety that is most famous for reflecting its terroir. This version of barbera, sourced from two south-facing vineyards, is so alluring, its deliciously tangy cherry and savoury notes taking you straight to the rolling hills around Alba.

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