Category Italian Wine

Natural wines – just a thought

Natural wine is a vague term, and that seems to work. The art tends to be practiced by small producers for whom time has no cost and whose philosophy is guided by a deep sense of responsibility for the land, the best often scorn regulation, fearing a loss of independence and being associated to less […]

Pignoletto, the new Prosecco?

I was prompted by an old article in the Telegraph to share a little background on Pignoletto, a variety we have championed for many years. Pignoletto is a place and a white variety that is genetically identical to Grechetto, the name Pignoletto was used only around Pignoletto with the DOCs of Colli Bolognesi, Colli d’Imola, Colli di […]

A bit of news

Some good news and some very good news: The website is back (batwine.uk) – fully functioning and growing by the day. The very good news is that our new Chiantis have arrived from Colognole (Rufina) and Castell’in Villa (Castelnuovo Berardenga). I’ll be at the Decanter World Wine Awards all next week (judging, which is nice) […]

Saturday 24th May Open Bottles

Next week we have wines arriving from Bulfon, Marzo and Petrilli, then Ascheri, Raia, Ciu Ciu and Frentana. It is a fine time to clear those last few cases of the old vintages, so with luck we can help each other out with the bank holiday on bearing down and a half decent weather forecast. […]

Emilio Bulfon Blanc de Rugel

The newest of Bulfon’s wines is a cuvée of Cividìn and Ucelùt, the Ucelùt (20%) is fermented dry and aged in barrique. 2012 A deeply flavoured, beautiful wine with spice, grapefruit and floral elements – it is without doubt the most serious white Bulfon has released, there is a firm mineral core, lovely lees-y richness […]

A bit of news from Piemonte

Andrea (Villa Giada) thinks it’s the first normal vintage since 2001, there will be a time to re-define normal but it is not now.  What interests me is that it is a vintage where it will be easier to identify the various wines, the best sites should yield excellent wines, those less blessed will be […]

A lifetime of Il Marroneto

Fabulous tasting at Gusto Cortina, an event with some first class tastings and excellent producers – better for the guests than the exhibitors though. A classic Brunello estate that makes wine to be cellared.  Alessandro has only Brunello vineyards and in a generous vintage around 27,000 bottles are released. Please note, these pictures are taken […]