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New wave Italian

Arts | By Bill Knott


There is undoubtedly more excellent wine being made in Italy today than ever before

I have spent much of the past couple of months writing a book about Italian food: a far less onerous task, I discovered, with a glass of something Italian for company.

There is undoubtedly more excellent wine being made in Italy today than ever before – despite, I should add, the frustrating tendency of some winemakers to put the best of their crop into new French oak barrels for a year or two, then into heavy bottles with fancy labels and equally flashy price tags.