Castelmagno with Chiara

One of the things I was looking forward to the most on my recent trip to Barolo had nothing to do with wine. It was visiting the mountains on the Piedmont border with France, home to the production of one of Italy’s great cheeses, Castelmagno.

In 2007 a group of friends, known as ‘Des Martin’ and including two of our Barolo wineries; Chiara Boschis (Chiara together with brother Cesare) and the Conterno and Fantino families from Conterno Fantino, …read more


Happy reading

At a recent lunch a customer said to me, “I love Italian wine but I want to know more, what can I do?”. The answer is simple: read, read, taste, visit (if you can), taste, read and read some more.

Understanding Italian wine requires effort, but its rewards are great. Make an effort to hunt down a bottle of a grape less known and make an effort to get to a tasting (cheaper than buying every bottle yourself). …read more


ventesimo anniversario

In life there are many milestones to celebrate. Turning twenty might not seem like much, but when it’s the wine business (especially importing and selling) well, it’s kind of like dog years where the real figure is more like eighty!

Twenty years ago, Michael Trembath and Virginia Taylor established Trembath & Taylor. And ten years ago I joined my mentors in this wonderful business. It’s the best job in the world and I consider myself fortunate to be part of it. …read more


della nostra cantina

We get asked all the time for older wine but, the problem is, nobody wants to do the expensive part – cellaring. The winery cant really afford it and has limited space. The restaurant/retailer – they cant afford it and definitely have no space. And, whilst our budget doesn’t allow for multiple vintages of Barolo and Brunello (yet), we do have the climate controlled space.

So finally, after years of patient cellaring, we will soon offer our inaugural DELLA NOSTRA CANTINA wine from the 2007 vintage. …read more


Inside Chianti Classico

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My friends Walter Speller, Italian specialist for Jancis Robinson, and Michael Schmelzer of Montebernardi in Panzano in Chianti, recently established www.insidechianticlassico.com to promote the sub zones of Chianti Classico.

“The historical area of Chianti Classico is made of nine zones and multiple sub-zones which cover over 70,000 hectares of territory of which 10,000 hectares are planted to vine. The purpose of creating this site is to have a destination dedicated to promoting the regional identities of each separate and unique sub-zone. …read more


2013 pictorial review

The years is almost finished and I’m already looking forward to 2014 – the 20th year for Trembath & Taylor!

In the meantime, there are a few days left to reflect on the year that was.

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo …read more


You say Glera, we say Prosecco

The creation of a DOCG for Prosecco, and a much enlarged zone for DOC Prosecco, involved renaming the grape to Glera and thus trying to protect the use of the name ‘Prosecco’ from wines made outside of these two areas, in Italy and beyond.

Round one in the Australian courts has rejected an application by the European Commission that “the use by Australian winemakers of Prosecco as the name of a grape variety would be confusing because consumers understood Prosecco to have a geographical rather than varietal connotation. …read more


2014 awards

The 2014 awards for two of Italy’s leading wine publications, Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri and Duemilavini’s Cinque Grappoli, were recently announced. We’d like to congratulate our wineries on their hard work and deserved recognition.

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Gambero Rosso’s first edition of Vini d’Italia was published in 1987 and their Tre Bicchieri (three glasses) has become a by-word for quality. Special mention goes to Tenuta Bellafonte, our new winery from Umbria, with their first award in only their second vintage. …read more


Prosecco, straight up or dirty?

One of my go-to Italian wine (plus food and culture) bloggers, the erudite Jeremy Parzen at Do Bianchi, this week wrote about “the most talked about wine in Texas”. The wine he was referring to is Ca’ dei Zago Prosecco, a “doubled-fermented-in-bottle, lees-aged, and undisgorged Prosecco” that we think will become the most talked about wine in Australia as well, with our first shipment already on the way. …read more


Colle Massari wins 2014 Gambero Rosso Winery of the Year

The 2014 awards for Italy’s leading wine publication, Gambero Rosso, are being announced throughout September and we are proud to announce that one of our wineries, Colle Massari, has just been awarded 2014 Italian Winery of the Year!

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It’s a huge honour given the number of wineries in Italy, but especially considering that Colle Massari is from the little known Tuscan region of Montecucco. Monte whocco you ask?

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Montecucco is nestled between Montalcino and Grosseto. …read more