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Donnafugata La Bella Sedara 2016

The label is worthy of a Renaissance painter. So captivated, how can a mesmirised consumer resist a glass? Donnafugata is a household name in Sicily. La Bella Sedara is brimming with ripe Nero d’Avola black fruit that has a delicate spiced sweetness very quickly swept up by supple tannins and a …

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St Paul’s Goldmuskateller 2014

Made from the muscat giallo grape, this light, dry white is so very enjoyable as an aperitif and to pair with dishes including – last Saturday night – frito misto and burrata and tomatoes at No Menu, my favourite Italian restaurant in Singapore. The two starters effortlessly lapped up the grapey/honeyish fruit and balancing …

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Bellavista Saten 2015 

The first vintage of this pure chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Franciacorta was 1984. Produced only when the quality warrants it, Saten is the local Lombardian name for a kind of silk. The allusion is fully justified because Saten is truly silky. In fact, it is even more indulgent in texture. …

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Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo 1974

Barolo, produced entirely from nebbiolo, is one of the most long-lived reds in the world. Full of structure, acidity, and pent-up fruit that releases itself like a slow-motion incoming tide, this great Italian is never in a hurry to impress. The occasion of this bottle was five school friends born …

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Lis Neris Terre di San Lorenzo Pinot Grigio 2015

Italian pinot grigio is associated with a light, zippy white wine. Over in Alsace, France, pinot gris takes on extra body and extract and is made in more expressions ranging from dry to vendange tardive to selection de grains nobles. The Lis Neris Family has been growing grapes in Friuli …

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Primo Franco • Revolutionary of Prosecco

A lot of Prosecco reminds of bubble gum water trying to become wine. Drinking them is as exciting as watching a slow motion video of a sloth descending from a tree. You just want to stop the video. And the wine. Nino Franco Prosecco, on the other hand, is a …

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Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2013

One of the regrets I have to live with is not having driven up into Montalcino. I passed the picturesque hilly town rushing to an appointment. This was more than a decade ago and I am blushing in embarrassment and shame. In spite of my gross neglect, I have, fortunately, not …

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Bellavista Franciacorta La Scala Brut 2013

La Scala, in Milan, is the temple of Italian opera. Inaugurated 241 years ago on 3 August 1778, it remains a magical magnet for music and lyrical lovers the world over. In 2004 – after two painstaking years of restoration – La Scala was reinvigorated with all the aplomb due to …

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Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti 2017

Piedmont is so famous for its Alba white truffle and Barolo and Barbaresco reds from nebbiolo that we often forget the north-western Italian region also dazzles with tingling unoaked whites. The dry arneis from Roero invigorates and also becomes more complex as it ages. As for this moscato from Asti, …

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