#158-159: Italian Wine Issue

  • Wine On-Premise in 2015: Three Categories are Outperforming this Year
  • Chianti Classico is Gaining Momentum On-Premise
  • 590 Wines Recommended


Below is a summary of issue #158-159, published in November-December 2014, January-February 2015. This issue is available for purchase online by clicking “Add to Cart” below.

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Featured in This Issue

Wine On-Premise in 2015: Three Categories are Outperforming this Year

Surprise, surprise: 2015 is off to a much better start than the several previous years. And three categories of wine are especially hot in restaurants.

Chianti Classico is Gaining Momentum On-Premise

The original Chianti district, first demarcated in 1716 — and since 1932 officially known as Chianti Classico — is one of the world’s great wine appellations, and home to many outstanding wines. But it is hardly resting on its laurels: Chianti Classico wine quality has never been better. Here, we catch up with 159 recommendations from 65 producers, from Antinori to Vignamaggio.

Wine Recommendations

An extensive range of wines is presented here, from California and Washington state, including superb 2012 California Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons & Merlots; and outstanding 2013 Sauvignon Blancs.

There are also recommended wines from 9 other countries. Some highlights:

– Excellent Malbecs from Argentina.
– Outstanding values from Australia’s Clare Valley.
– Terrific Cabernet Franc from Chile.
– Great white wine values from France.
– Top Italian white wines, from dry to sweet, and still to sparkling.
– Other great Italian reds from Tuscany & Umbria.
– Exceptional New Zealand Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Riesling & Pinot Noir.
– Superb Douro reds.
– Remarkable white and red wines from South Africa.

The 590 wines recommended in these two issues represent less than half of the total wines tasted.