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Solaia Vertical with Antonio Galloni, Piero Antinori and Renzo Cotarella
Solaia Vertical with Antonio Galloni, Piero Antinori and Renzo Cotarella
The evening started with Piero Antinori explaining how Solaia first came about, how it was effectively the result of a very lucky accident, much in the same way as Champagne. In 1978, the vines used to make Antinori’s Tignanello produced an unusually high yield of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rather than waste this, or blend it into the other wines, they decided ...
BY Rose Saunders,
ON November 29, 2019
Ornellaia: a cheat sheet
Ornellaia: a cheat sheet
With the release of 2018 Ornellaia on the horizon, we tell you everything you need to know about the estate – and why it’s become such an icon of the Italian fine wine scene   What is Ornellaia?  Ornellaia is one of Italy’s most respected wineries, based in the Tuscan foothills of Bolgheri. Its top wine – simply titled Ornellaia – is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, first produced in ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON March 25, 2021
Behind the Bottle: Sassicaia
Behind the Bottle: Sassicaia
Sassicaia is without doubt Italy’s most iconic wine and its story is at the centre of the revolution that spurred on the modern-era of Italian fine wine. The influence of Sassicaia in Italy cannot be overstated. As Sassicaia celebrates its 50th anniversary, and we excitedly anticipate the latest Sassicaia 2016 release this week, we look back at the history of ...
ON January 31, 2019
The Super Tuscans: everything you need to know
The Super Tuscans: everything you need to know
Sassicaia, Tignanello, Ornellaia: these fabled Super Tuscans are some of the world’s most desirable wines – kickstarting Italy’s fine wine renaissance, re-defining its reputation and proving what was possible. But how did these lowly table wines rise to the top of the fine wine ranks? For a long time, Tuscany was known merely for its squat jugs of rustic Chianti, ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON September 10, 2020
The Historic Rise of Nebbiolo - Italy's "King of Wines"
The Historic Rise of Nebbiolo - Italy's "King of Wines"
The history of Piedmont as a fine wine region and the establishment of Nebbiolo as a single varietal wine predates the unification of Italy. Yet the region’s rise to international fame as Italy’s finest wine was intrinsically linked to the political role that the Piedmont Kingdom played in the unification of Italy. We look back at the rise of Barolo as the “King of ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 21, 2020
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September
As the summer holidays draw to a close, the wine industry bursts back into action in September with a flurry of new releases from some of the world’s finest wineries. Top releases this month include wines from almost every corner of the globe, providing something to suit everyone’s tastes. The most notable releases include Masseto 2015, Chateau d'Yquem 2016, Solaia 2015, ...
ON August 30, 2018
A Treasure Trove Of Italian Classics Arrives At F+R
A Treasure Trove Of Italian Classics Arrives At F+R
For over a decade, one of Italy's leading luxury hotel groups has been quietly sourcing the finest red wines direct from the country's greatest producers. They have amassed a back-vintage hall-of-fame of Italian wine from some of Italy’s most iconic producers, including Angelo Gaja, Giacamo Conterno, Aldo Conterno, Luciano Sandrone, as well as cult vineyard sites such as Messorio, Tignanello ...
ON August 30, 2018
The rise of the September releases: how La Place went global
The rise of the September releases: how La Place went global
Each September, a selection of the world's finest wines are released via La Place de Bordeaux. We look at how these prestigious properties – from South America, California, Italy and beyond – found their way into Bordeaux’s distribution network For a long time, La Place de Bordeaux – as you might guess from its name – only distributed Bordeaux. But ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 31, 2020
Five Wines With Architectural Grand Designs
Five Wines With Architectural Grand Designs
Beautiful wines deserve to be made in beautiful surroundings. Here are five of the wine world's greatest architectural gems... Museums, stadiums, opera houses: cutting-edge architecture is often associated with the entertainment sector. With its traditional chateaux and functional barrel rooms, the wine world may have long seemed pedestrian in comparison. This is no longer the case. We take a look ...
ON July 13, 2017
The Sub-Regions of Barolo and their very different flavour profiles
The Sub-Regions of Barolo and their very different flavour profiles
Why is it important? Understanding the sub regions of Barolo is really worth some investigation because generally speaking each of the communes have a distinct flavour profile clearly differentiating its terroir from its neighbours. Many consumers are unaware of the different profiles and can be quite surprised by the Barolo in their glass tasting very different to the one they ...
ON May 4, 2018
Yalumba The Caley 2012: "Australia has a new super-wine"
Yalumba The Caley 2012: "Australia has a new super-wine"
A “truly magnificent” new Australian wine has arrived. Possibly a rival to Grange? Read on to find out more about Yalumba The Caley 2012… Last week we were treated to a tasting of the latest releases from Yalumba. The range was outstanding, but the highlight had to be the much anticipated The Caley 2012. The soon to be legendary Cabernet ...
ON July 3, 2017
The Top Wines of 2018 - According to the Critics
The Top Wines of 2018 - According to the Critics
As we sing in the New Year, it seems like the opportune moment to reflect on the highlights of 2018. Last year saw some wonderful wine releases from around the world, aptly showcased in the critics' Top Wines of 2018 round-ups. We are living in an age where preserving tradition, embracing technology and sharing knowledge have never been greater. Couple ...
ON January 3, 2019
Festival del Potatore: Italy's First Vine Pruning Festival
Festival del Potatore: Italy's First Vine Pruning Festival
Because terroir needs more than just sun and rain Last weekend saw the inaugural Festival del Potatore - Italy's first Vine Pruning Festival - held in the beautiful foothill vineyards of Franciacorta in Northern Italy. The Festival was the brainchild of Marco Simonit and his band of brothers known collectively as “The Pruninguys”; the closest viticulture is probably ever going to ...
ON March 15, 2019
FINE+RARE Roundup: w/c 22 February 2016
FINE+RARE Roundup: w/c 22 February 2016
Our weekly roundup tells you what's been traded in week commencing 22 February 2016 and what to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks… What's Been Selling Big Hitters Good availability of interesting Domaine de la Romanée Conti surfaced and were picked off by collectors. Guado al Tasso captured the imagination this week, potentially inspired by the sad ...
ON February 26, 2016
A Year in Wine: 1999
A Year in Wine: 1999
In the latest instalment in our Vintage Series, FINE+RARE explores the last year of the 20th century and discovers it was a season to remember. We speak directly with Francois Millet from Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue on what made 1999 so special. Philippe Guigal hadn’t yet met his future wife – it would be another nine years before he ...
BY Rebecca Gibb MW,
ON April 8, 2020
The birth of Barolo’s Crus
The birth of Barolo’s Crus
Prunotto was one of the first Barolo estates to produce a single-vineyard “Cru” wine – kickstarting a trend that has transformed the region. We spoke to Emanuele Baldi to find out what inspired the estate Prunotto’s Emanuele Baldi has an encyclopedic knowledge of Barolo. Listening to his stories about the last century in the region is fascinating, providing context to how and why Barolo and the surrounding Piedmontese regions have developed as they have. Perhaps one of ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 5, 2021
Coming Soon: September 2016
Coming Soon: September 2016
With many big releases expected this month from top vintages and the crème de la crème of producers, September looks set to be one of the key months for fine wine this year… Below you'll find a brief, but not exhaustive, run down of the releases coming soon and what to keep an eye out for this month. All of ...
ON September 2, 2016
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
September sees the latest vintages from some of the world’s top estates released via La Place de Bordeaux. Ahead of the 2021 releases, we run through the vintages and properties that you’ll want on your radar South America’s finest Argentina and Chile have rapidly become hotspots for fine wine. Offering high-altitude sites with glorious sunshine, and varied soils, it’s no ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON August 25, 2021

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