Italian Wines 2011 – Gambero Rosso

Italian Wines 2011 – Gambero Rosso

It’s back, it’s blue, with four hundred and two… Tre Bicchieri awards. It’s everything you need from an Italian wine guide and I’m giving away copies to the best comments left on today’s blog entry.

How do you win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 from Gambero Rosso, very simply by giving out your own Tre Bicchieri award to your favourite Italian Wine of the Year. Simply tell me which has been your favourite Italian Wine of 2011 below, and why. The best stories/tasting notes will receive free copies directly from Amazon.

Why would you even want a copy of Italian Wines 2011 from Gambero Rosso? If you have any interest in Italian Wine at all then this book is invaluable, I use it every day, there are reviews on over 2000 wineries and 20,000+ wines. The wines are catalogued by region and a general overview of the Italian county is given with recent changes to DOC/G rules laid out and special mentions to wineries who are producing at a high level. From princely Piedmont to meagre Molise, every wine producing Italian region (which is all of them) gets a mention.

Italian Wines 2011 was compiled by a selection of Italian wine experts who spent the year touring the country and tasting wines region by region, shortlisting the best Italian Wines and keeping an eye out for exceptional wines made biodynamically. However, the most invaluable information in the 2011 Italian Wines edition is the inclusion of a list that showcases all the Tre Bicchieri wines that retail under €15 proving once again that Italian Wine is the best value wine in the world. No bias.

A wine for every week of the year (that’s 52 in earth years) made the “Three Glasses under €15″ list, some wines you would expect and others are a welcome surprise. Here are 10 of the most interesting wines to make the list, as for the others, you’ll have to take part in the competition won’t you!

Pedres - Vermentino di Gallura Sup. Thilibas 09
Ca’ Bolina – Friuli Aquileia Pinot Bianco 09
Settesoli - Cartagho Mandrarossa 08
Cascina Corte – Dogliani Vecchie V.Pirochetta 09
Villa Medoro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 08
Lungarotti - Torgiano Bianco Torre di Giano V il Pino Ris 08
Pietracupa - Greco di Tufo 09
Villa Venti - Sangiovese di Romagna Sup Primo Segno 08
Torrevento - Castel del Monte Rosso V Pedale Ris 07
Kuenhof – Peter Pliger - A.A Valle Isarco Veltliner 09

Can you buy these wines in the UK? Eh, probably not. However, Superiore.de deliver to the UK and are dedicated to shipping out Gambero Rosso recommendations.

Why else is Italian Wines 2011 useful? It also contains the phone numbers and email addresses of the wineries and indicates whether you can buy directly from the cellar door or visit the winery – very useful if you’re touring the vineyards of Tuscany, Piedmont… or that one in Molise. Being rather long and thick, it’s also good for getting at scared spiders and if you stand on it you become three inches taller. Almost instantly.

So, simply leave a comment starting I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to……. blah blah“. I have 5 copies of this book to give away and as the amount of comments I’ve ever had has never been beyond 30, you’ve got a pretty good chance of winning. Go for it! Forza, Forza!

All the Best! Wine90 (kisses)

P.S. I am very pedantic, you must start the comment… “I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to” or I’ll disqualify you.

Taurasi Feudi di San Gregorio

Italian Wine Blog – Wine90

34 thoughts on “Italian Wines 2011 – Gambero Rosso

  1. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Tenuta dell Ornellaia for Ornellaia 07 because it’s the best Italian wine for 5 years.

    johnmartin41@aol co uk

  2. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to the 2007 Petrolo Galatrona. It is a beautiful expression of Italian Merlot with blackberries, tomato leaf and black olive notes on the nose and palate. While it is still tannic and youthful, it has the acidity and structure to age with grace for 15 plus years.

    adrian Bryksa
    YYCWine.com

  3. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Allegrini’s Valpolicella 2009 (which I believe you yourself have vlogged about).

    This wine accompanied my two friends and I as we sank back to watch a 4-DVD art work in which an artist and a mathematician filmed themselves consuming a 16-course ‘Recursive Meal’.

    Allegrini’s Valpolicella was, by contrast, entirely non-recursive (indeed, it vanished so rapidly that a little recursion would have been most welcome).

    It was summer in a glass.

    ‘You brought a happy wine!’ my friend exclaimed as she took her first mouthful.

    And when we’d finished it, we engaged in happy glass-ringing harmonies. Our own work of art for the evening.

    Except that I, with my malcoordinated digits, was (typically) unable to produce a note.

  4. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to the 2005 Passopisciaro (Tenuta di Trinoro). We had a bottle at a tiny little restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI (Logan — great place) and we were so enamored with it we rushed home and ordered 5 bottles online. We only have one bottle left and are oh so sad.

    Andy P
    chocky(at)jellyvision.com

  5. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Bressan Schioppettino 2004, for introducing me to a grape I was not previously familiar with – and one with fine structure, wonderful raspberry fruit and of course the trademark Italian acidity. I enjoyed this wine in the very wonderful setting of Green and Blue, a “Natural” wine bar in Dulwich, which is itself modelled on an Italian Enoteca. It kickstarted a somewhat boozy evening, that proceeded to indulge in expensive Ribero del Duero, finally finishing up with a lip-smackingly toothsome Riesling Auslese.

    This illustrates what I love about Italian wines – something like 1500 grape varieties still under vine (there used to be many more of course), many with fascinating characteristics and taste profiles that you just dont experience anywhere else.

  6. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to, er, mmmm, checking recent tasting notes it would have to be Alois Lageder, Pinot Grigio, Vignetti delle Dolomitti IGT, 2009. Proper Pinot Gris at a sensible price. Good fruit, what I think of as Pinot Gris oiliness, and with a slight edgey licoricey bite on the finish.

    If was really qualified to go around awarding Bicchieri, why would I want the guide? 2011 is going to be my year of discovery of itialn wine.

  7. I already have a copy. And the last 13 editions. They are excellent resources even if the colors are too loud.

  8. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Brunello Di Montalcino 2005. I have 2 bottles I’m anxious to open up in couple of years to drink! Grazie! I got into wine because of my trip to Italy in 2009 to the Tuscany region in Montalcino & Montepulciano :-)

  9. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Planeta Cometa 09 as the best example of a variety only Italian white from Sicily.

    rosolley77@ gmail.com

  10. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to the 2004 Sesti Brunello di Montalcino Castello di Argiano.

    I tasted this in London recently with Giuseppe Sesti himself and was hugely impressed by the texture and the cherry and herb notes. This would make the biggest doubters of Italian wines instant fans. Top stuff!….

  11. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Varno Spinelli for his Risala ’06 – a wonderful Tuscan IGT – http://www.erta.it

    A producer that I have known for more than 10 years. Wonderful man, wonderful wine.

  12. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV for being available around the corner, being under a tenner and dancing well withcashew nuts.

  13. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Fontodi’s Colli della Toscana, Centrale Flaccianello 2007, not because of James Suckling, but because this is the wine my future wife and I shared when I asked her to marry me in March. It is as smooth as me.

  14. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to
    Sassicaia 2007

    This wine is as perfect to drink today as a late 80s first growth. Ignore all the negative press about Sassicaia 2007 and decide for yourself this is a 98 Point wine.

  15. “I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Vietti’s Barolo Brunate 2006, because in 20 years time it will the most expensive, the most sought after, scarce, and classic, wine you can find (you heard it here first).

  16. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Pelissero Vanotu Barbaresco 2004.

    A profound, complex wine which effortlessly combines power and elegance. The nose is rich in floral notes – violets I think – as well as cherry fruit and earthy undertones. The tannins are extreme, but of such surpassing ripeness that they become delicious, and provide a solid backdrop to the floral, herbaceous flavours which come through on the palate.

    Wonderful stuff, from a thoughtful, talented producer.

  17. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Morandina Valpolicella Superiore 2006 that was recommended via Jamie’s wine blog.

    This is the best Superiore Valpolicella in the UK.

  18. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Livon for their Collio Braide Alte 08.

    We experienced this vino in Venezia this month at a specialy arranged wine tasting in the Monaco & Grand Canal. The wines of Fruili Venice Guilia are my new passion and so I would love a copy of this book as I hd no idea that wines from this area could be so advanced.

    mauriceryed91@ btconnect co uk

  19. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to…

    Fabula 2007 from the Montebelli

    We stayed at this agriturissmo on a wonderful bike ride through Tuscany in June 2010. I was happy to find a local distributor who would provide this.

    A very nice example of a small producer putting out an excellent product. Good mouth feel and nice aromas that goes well on the back porch on a lazy afternoon.

  20. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to 09 Planeta La Segreta Bianco from Sicily. I love its complex, bouncy aromatics with fresh peach, lime and blossom. I adore its fresh, round, mouth-filling palate and the perfectly balanced acidity. It is decidedly different, special, and consistently solid… And this coming from a (predominantly) red wine drinker!

  21. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Primitivo di Manduria, Paulo Leo 2009, Waitrose £9.99. For years I’ve wished s’markets would stock decent Pugliese reds but had lost hope, until few weeks ago. Big red fruit, soft spice & very gentle tannins. Easy to drink alone or with Italian meat ragu dishes. Went particularly well with roast Gloucester Old Spot/crackling tonight. Luscious!!!

  22. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Luigi Maffini’s Pietraincatenata 2007. I first tried this wine from a tumbler on a delightful holiday in Ravello. I was dying to try some from proper Riedel stemware so ordered a case from the local wine merchant. 4 months, 6 broken bottles (with DHL), countless annoying emails with the (useless) merchant and 1 threat to start a credit card chargeback and the case arrived. The first one was drunk on a balmy summer’s evening in SW London – bliss, sheer bliss…

  23. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to biondi santi – bdm ris 04.

    The most well balanced and cherry fruit brunello wine I have ever tasted. From a 2004 vintage, this riserva is now drinkable and will age def. 20+years. This wine is the dogs bollx and is the best italian wine for 10 years from tuscany forgetting any ITG. The perfect Tuscan wine in 10 years.

  24. I would like to win a copy of Italian Wines 2011 by Gambero Rosso and my Tre Bicchieri award goes to Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2006. Simply an awesome wine from an awesome producer!

  25. Winner of the Italian Wines 2011 – Gambero Rosso competition will all receive emails by this Friday and I will ask them if they want to be named and shamed or not.

    Watch your inbox… and your spam!

    Also, if you didn’t leave your email or an obvious way to get hold of you (via your blog/website) then simply put it below. Also use spaces inbetween words so you can’t get spammed by people other than me!

    Ta

    (Friday 13th May – spooky)

  26. Winners Role:

    Old Parn – for being lyrical
    Steve Slatcher – for begging
    Robin Marsh – For not being influenced
    Moonkin – For dedication
    Simon Woolf – For sharing my reasons for loving Italian Wine.

    Sorry to the others, I’m sure you’ll I’ll run more competitions and you shall be lucky then.

    Can all the winners send me their email addresses and actual addresses so I can get these books sent to you.

    wine90 @ gmail . com

  27. Winners Role:

    Old Parn – for being lyrical
    Steve Slatcher – for begging
    Robin Marsh – For not being influenced
    Moonkin – For dedication
    Simon Woolf – For sharing my reasons for loving Italian Wine.

    Sorry to the others, I’m sure you’ll I’ll run more competitions and you shall be lucky then.

    Can all the winners send me their email addresses and actual addresses so I can get these books sent to you.

    wine90 @ gmail . com

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