2019 L&S Annual Italian Tasting – Salute!

by David Porter

Last week we hosted our 4th annual pure Italian Tasting which has become one of the highlights of our year. A showcase of our incredible Italian selection which grows every year, presented by the wonderful people who make the wines. This year 26 of our Italian friends made the journey to Charing Cross Road and the Top Floor of Foyles Book Shop. Making it our best event so far, full of joyous wines and big Italian characters. With more than 200 happy tasters joining us throughout the day to sample the 95 brilliant wines on show.

Amongst the many fabulous bottles open on the day, we were delighted to unveil the first UK tasting of the new Brunello vintages from Fuligni, Giodo and Collemattoni – as well as the latest releases from our ‘new signing’ the fabulous GB Burlotto in Barolo.

The tasting covered a lot of ground, from the heel of Italy’s boot in Puglia to the Alto Piedmont in the far north west – pin-balling north via Sicily, Campania, Tuscany, the Marche and Emilia Romagna to the Veneto and almost up to the Austrian border in the Alto Adige, with the pure, mountain wines of Manni Nossing. A true ‘Giro d’Italia’ for wine-lovers.

Many wines caught the attention of the razor-sharp journalists who came to taste on the day. With brilliant comments and glowing reviews – look out for more in print over the next few days!

Already in the press Victoria Moore has mentioned in The Telegraph the fabulous wines of Christoph Kuenzli up in the high ground of Boca, and The Wine Gang have published their praise for the Mofete Etna Rosso and Piero Lanza’s awesome Poggerino Chianti Classico Nuovo. Quick work Gang – thank you!

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