Tag Archives: Farnese

The cheese-tastic Pecorino grape

I’ve touched on it before, Italy really is a treasure chest for unexplored grape varieties and wine styles. Unless you’ve been studying viticulture in Italy for half of your life, you’ll only be looking at the very tip of the iceberg. In the grand scheme of things, no matter how much we drink on our …

Quality rising to the top in Abruzzo

Which country produces more wine in terms of volume than any other country in the world? The answer is not France, but Italy. According to Wikipedia, Italy was responsible for the production of 8.5 million tonnes of wine in 2007, with France languishing behind in 2nd with 6.5 million tonnes. Believe it or not, China …

Marco Scarinci (Farnese) talks to Curious Wines

If you haven’t heard of them yet, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Italian Winery of the Year three years running (IWSC, 2005-2007), Marco Scarinci helps explain how Farnese have managed to become one of the most consistent and highly rated producers in the Italian wine industry. 1. What is your favourite grape to …

Wine for Dummies: Grigio or Gris?

Ah, the white Pinot G, the quintessential summer wine, popular with those who enjoy a light lunch on a summers afternoon, or those who can’t get enough of those warm summer barbecues. But is it Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris? Well, since they are the same grapes, we are talking about a case of style …

The Curious Case of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

OK, after me. Mon – tuh – pull – cha – noh. (Hold the ‘a’ in ‘cha’ for effect, and to convince everyone you’ve a true grasp of the lingo.) Now, dah – broots – oh. As Italy’s number one DOC export, it’s probably one of the most recognisable old world wines there is, but …

Bellissimo: Top 5 did-you-knows on Italian wine

When the Romans started to recognise wine for its commercial possibilities, the aim was to produce as much wine as possible. But not today. It is only really in the last 40 years that Italy has really started to raise the bar, as export markets demanded a rival to France. They are now associated with …

Curious party blows a fuse

Set to take Bandon, Cork and Ireland by storm, the Curious party had been meticulously planned to perfection. The heat lamps were set, the food was plated and the wine was waiting to be opened. Half an hour before our first guests arrived we were plunged into darkness. Panic set in. Should we get our …