Tasting three decades of Luce

Iconic and quintessentially Super-Tuscan yet deeply attached to the roots and the territory where it originates.

An ancient Japanese proverb says, “the meeting between two persons is where everything begins.” It is also how the extraordinary story of Luce came to be, a story that we had the privilege to experience through a historical tasting going back to 1997 of this Iconic wine hosted by Lamberto Frescobaldi at the magnificent Casa degli Atellani in Milan....

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China, a market still in Infancy...

Last April's visit to Vinitaly of Jack Ma, founder of the mighty Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and richest man in China has brought to light Italy’s position in China’s wine market as well as its tremendous potential going forward.  The reception to his speech brought mixed reviews within the Italian wine industry.

However, after 22 years living in Hong Kong and working in China, I have learned to look at its dynamics with a macroeconomic approach rather than focus too much on the microeconomics of everyday. 

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Chianti Classico Collection 2016

Il 24 Settembre 1716 Cosimo III de' Medici con il bando "sopra la dichiarazione de' confini delle quattro regioni Chianti, Pomino, Carmignano, e Vald'Arno di Sopra" definiva i confini di alcuni territori particolarmente adatti alla produzione di Vini di Qualità. Con questo bando veniva a crearsi quell'area in cui nasceva il Chianti oggi meglio conosciuta come Chianti Classico. Il 15 e 16 Febbraio 2016 nella prestigiosa cornice della Stazione Leopolda di Firenze si sono festeggiati i 300 anni del "Primo territorio di Vino" all'interno della manifestazione "Chianti Classico Collection". 

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Taste Like A Pro - Sparkling Wines

For the sparkling wines category, three main factors fundamentally influence the style of the final wine not only in terms of effervescence, but also in terms of body, aromatic profile and texture.  The first relates to how the bubbles, also called the “mousse”, are obtained.  The second is the choice of grape varieties for the base wine and the third concerns the sweetening of the final wine.

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