Events & Tastings

In this category of my wine blog Perlage Suite you will find not 'only' the best wine-themed events I have participated in, but also the best tastings I have done! In particular you will find tastings of Masterclasses to which I was invited or the best wines I received at home! 🤩

Salame di Varzi PDO: a tasty castle

Salame di Varzi PDO: a tasty castle

Salame di Varzi DOP is a versatile Italian gastronomic speciality capable of making any gourmet fall in love with it. And, since we are in the extraordinary lands of Oltrepò Pavese DOP wine, what better occasion to discover it with two tasting masterclasses and...

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Montepulciano wine: the passion of podere casanova

Montepulciano wine: the passion of podere casanova

Tuscany is a marvellous region, made up of a multiplicity of landscapes that are also very different from each other, but all united by the beauty of the landscapes and the cult of oenology. Montepulciano is a town of about 13,000 inhabitants in the province of Siena that lies...

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Autoctono si nasce 2023: tasting notes

Autoctono si nasce 2023: tasting notes

Autoctono si nasce 2023 organised by Go Wine at the Hotel Melià in Milan was, as always, a highly interesting event to find some goodies and get some confirmation. After sharing with you my tasting notes of Emilio Bulfon's wines, I...

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Emilio Bulfon: tasting notes at Go Wine

Emilio Bulfon: tasting notes at Go Wine

Last week I went to Go Wine's Autoctono si nasce 2023 and tasted many excellent wines. In particular I was happy to (re)appreciate the wines of Emilio Bulfon and since I tasted so many and liked them all, I decided to...

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La Montina Franciacorta Riserva: tasting notes

La Montina Franciacorta Riserva: tasting notes

How many times have I said and written that I adore La Montina? So many, I know... but I'll say it again because arriving at sunset with all the little lights was beautiful. It was since 2019 that La Montina Franciacorta didn't organise the tasting of Franciacorta Riserva...

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Blend 2022: tasting notes of 38 wines

Blend 2022: tasting notes of 38 wines

This year it took me a while to publish the second Blend 2022 article, but with the master's degree and my constant living between Rome and Monte Isola, time is really tight. Then I managed to take a lot more notes than other years that I wanted to share with you....

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Modena Champagne Experience 2022: 27 tastings

Modena Champagne Experience 2022: 27 tastings

Last Sunday I was at the Modena Champagne Experience 2022, an event that I think is worth attending if you are a fan of perlage or are looking for a good sparkling wine of this type to add to the menu in your restaurant or in your...

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Doctor wine 2022: 14 red wines from Piedmont

Doctor wine 2022: 14 red wines from Piedmont

Last Saturday I went to the presentation of the Guide Vini Doctor Wine 2022 and, after a series of tastings (some very interesting, others a bit 'borderline'), I attended the tasting 'The great red wines of Piedmont'. I could have chosen... but to the grape variety....

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Swiss cheese and Chasselas wine

Swiss cheese and Chasselas wine

I have just returned from an extraordinary experience in Switzerland where, in just two days, I visited Lake Thun (and in particular Sigriswil, Thun and Oberhofen am Thunersee (where I would gladly go to spend the winter...), Lake Brienz (and in particular Iseltwald) and...

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Barbera wine: 6 tastings Vinchio Vaglio

Barbera wine: 6 tastings Vinchio Vaglio

Before I tell you about the Barbera wine I tasted today at Vinchio Vaglio, I want to pay a compliment. I am in the station at Torino Porta Nuova waiting for my Frecciarossa train to Brescia, and I am pleasantly impressed by this station that is so people-friendly. Bathrooms...

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Bolgheri wine: the vertical of Podere conca

Bolgheri wine: the vertical of Podere conca

Put on a sunny early summer morning and a small secret garden in the heart of Milan... here begins a wonderful tasting session in the home of Dr Silvia Cirri, head of Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care 'between weeks' and CEO of the...

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Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC: preview 2022

Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC: preview 2022

Rosé wine, for me, is a wine that should have more space and producers have the task of not debasing it with easy and mediocre products designed for an audience of spritz wine consumers. Don't get me wrong: if by easy we want to talk about drinkability....

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Rosé wine: Author's masterclass in Bardolino

Rosé wine: Author's masterclass in Bardolino

This morning I participated in an interesting Masterclass dedicated to rosé wine, where I had the opportunity to compare Bardolino Chiaretto with other French rosé wines. I found this tasting very interesting and I must say that it gave me the opportunity to...

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Kellerei Bozen: the Lagrein cellar

Kellerei Bozen: the Lagrein cellar

I continue to tell you about my Vinitaly 2022 with a very nice tasting that was actually longer than what I'm about to tell you, but I decided to cut the article dedicated to Kellerei Bozen by dedicating it to Lagrein Alto Adige DOC because I didn't...

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Tramin: Vinitaly tasting notes

Tramin: Vinitaly tasting notes

Another winery from which I got a really interesting overview at Vinitaly 2022 is Kellerei Tramin, a little gem from Alto Adige. A winery known for its gewurztraminer - which has won it a place in the hearts of fans of this...

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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005 to 2017

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005 to 2017

Today was the last day of Vinitaly 2022 for me and, among the many wonderful tastings, I attended a vertical tasting of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Riserva Casauria 'San Clemente' wine from the Zaccagnini winery. I did not know this winery except by name, and I was...

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Tedeschi's Amarone della Valpolicella wine

Tedeschi's Amarone della Valpolicella wine

Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG is a Veronese wine that I simply LOVE. Amarone wine is a dry raisin wine made from native black grapes, the main ones of which are corvina, corvinone and rondinella. The name 'Amarone' derives precisely from its being a...

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Fontanafredda: a Barolo to revive

Fontanafredda: a Barolo to revive

What is hope? I believe it is a positive message to give to someone when something is wrong. Hope can be appropriate for a big or small problem, it doesn't matter. To give hope is to tell someone that everything will be OK, and it is exactly this phrase that has...

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Friulian wines in Milan with Go Wine

Friulian wines in Milan with Go Wine

I love the bars in the lobbies of posh hotels. I love watching people come in and out, business meetings, fleeting dates, stolen glances. I like the tired faces, the energy, the music, the stories. For me, there is no better place to ...

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Battiato: invitation to travel in 2022

Battiato: invitation to travel in 2022

I have just finished watching 'Caro Battiato - Invito al viaggio' and I am immersed in a sea of emotions and memories. Memories of two people who are no longer with us: Dad and Grandma Mira. So, for my first article of the year, I decided to talk to you freewheeling. About...

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Lugana di sirmione: wine, food and territory

Lugana di sirmione: wine, food and territory

Lugana DOC wine also owes its success to its incredible geographical location: it is produced in Sirmione on Lake Garda. Made from Turbiana grapes, also called Trebbiano di Lugana, it is a white wine suitable for a long evolution in the bottle. For...

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Pavia land of pinot noir thanks to Oltrepò

Pavia land of pinot noir thanks to Oltrepò

A truly excellent format for celebrating the wines of the Pavia area: the right number of wineries and the right number of wines for tasting... although I will tell you in advance that I chose to do only the classic method sparkling wines. That's why I was delighted to...

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Nebbiolo at the go wine: tasting notes

Nebbiolo at the go wine: tasting notes

Nebbiolo is definitely one of the grape varieties I love the most and among the Piedmont wine tastings those organised by Go Wine are definitely my favourite. First of all they have the right size to taste all the wines in 2-3 hours for good measure, then the quality offered...

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Veronelli Guide: the 5 best tastings 2022

Veronelli Guide: the 5 best tastings 2022

"Divine Venus and the Five Oenological Forms of Beauty" was the title of an afternoon in which the art treasures on display at Palazzo Te dialogued with the best tastings of the Veronelli Guide 2022. Andrea Alpi, Andrea Bonini, Gigi Brozzoni, Marco Magnoli and...

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Veronelli 2022: the 10 Gold Guide suns

Veronelli 2022: the 10 Gold Guide suns

I had already been to the Guida Oro Veronelli's preview of the Suns several times, but choosing Palazzo Te in Mantua was the trigger that made me consider this event 'not to be missed'. I have loved Giulio Romano and Mannerism since my days at art school and had already been there....

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Prosecco DOCG: Blend 2021 is more

Prosecco DOCG: Blend 2021 is more

A few days ago I told you about the pre Blend 2021 in Alpago, at Riccardo De Prà's Dolada Restaurant: a magical evening thanks to the superlative cuisine and wine symmetries carefully chosen by Umberto Cosmo of Bellenda from the wineries he distributes. Today, however...

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Piedmontese white wines: thoughts on Gavi

Piedmontese white wines: thoughts on Gavi

At the crack of dawn, I am in my room at the Il Poggio di Gavi B&B, reflecting. Thanks to the Consortium for the Protection of Gavi, I have spent a wonderful and inspiring day touring the cellars of Gavi. I had this spontaneous reflection on the...

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Slow Food, Slow June: Taste Workshops

Slow Food, Slow June: Taste Workshops

Slow Food pulls another delightful event out of its hat, perfect for 'novice' winelovers. The island of La Maddalena in Sardinia becomes the dream setting for four June Slow events organised to be experienced in person or at a distance...

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Barolo: tasting notes of 20 wines to try

Barolo: tasting notes of 20 wines to try

When I think of an extraordinary red wine, I immediately imagine a good bottle of Barolo... which is why I was so happy to attend this Go Wine event at the Starhotels Rosa Grand in Milan. Actually the event was also dedicated to the...

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Feudi San Gregorio: Parade 2021 of 4 Irpinia wines

Feudi San Gregorio: Parade 2021 of 4 Irpinia wines

My intellectual honesty prevents me from saying - and writing - something I don't think... so here I am to tell you about the four wines of Feudi San Gregorio's 'Sfilata 2021'. I anticipate that there is a treat you should try, and how! However, there is also a wine that I don't ...

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Sting: Tuscan wines signed Tenuta il Palagio

Sting: Tuscan wines signed Tenuta il Palagio

How nice to relax a bit by writing on my beloved wine blog while enjoying a glass of (red) wine! I literally spent a week on fire, between the Economic History exam on 5 May, the Food and Wine Law exam (I got 28 in...

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Sex and bubbles: 10 things you (don't) really want to know

Sex and bubbles: 10 things you (don't) really want to know

The fashion for provocative photos where the bottle of wine that is supposed to be the protagonist is a superfluous side dish is all the rage on Instagram, and it's all the rage for generous cleavage, winking heels and turkey-butt mouths to be stuffed even on days away from the...

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Tenuta Mazzolino: a great Pinot Noir in Oltrepò Pavese

Tenuta Mazzolino: a great Pinot Noir in Oltrepò Pavese

Saturday morning I received a beautiful parcel from Tenuta Mazzolino, totally unexpected also because I was not expecting deliveries on the Saturday before Easter. The second wonderful surprise was to find in it pinot noir not only vinified as sparkling wine, but also...

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Bolgheri Podere Conca: Red (doesn't) go with everything

Bolgheri Podere Conca: Red (doesn't) go with everything

Today, on the Tuscan thread that has been hovering over the blog these past few weeks, I decided to uncork the Bolgheri Podere Conca 'Agapanto' 2018 in combination with a delicious Montisola steak. A perfect choice to celebrate the first episode of my podcast dedicated...

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Carmignano DOCG: why (almost) nobody talks about it?

Carmignano DOCG: why (almost) nobody talks about it?

Yesterday evening I held a room on ClubHouse about Carmignano and in particular I tasted the Carmignano DOCG 2017 "Poggilarca" and the Carmignano Riserva DOCG 2015 "Grumarello" of Artimino 1596. I want to make a premise in all sincerity: I knew that Carmignano existed....

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Timorasso: from vine to wine, tasting Derthona

Timorasso: from vine to wine, tasting Derthona

To understand a wine fully, it is necessary, as a first step, to know the grape variety from which it is made. That is why when Federica of Aroma Wine Bar, the Tortona wine shop specialising in Derthona Timorasso, suggested I talk about this wine, I accepted...

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Brillat-Savarin PGI: when Burgundy meets Champagne

Brillat-Savarin PGI: when Burgundy meets Champagne

My vocation for wine goes hand in hand with my curiosity for cheese. I love to create easy or unusual pairings and enjoy the company of both. A day can go well or badly, but if you end it with wine and cheese I am sure it will have, in every...

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Night before exams The Franciacorta case

Night before exams The Franciacorta case

On this night before the exams, I want to share with you the paper I did for the Geography of Wine Production course in which I got top marks. I really hope the exam goes well tomorrow... in the meantime what do you think about finding out...

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Chianti: all the secrets of the table wine par excellence

Chianti: all the secrets of the table wine par excellence

Today I decided to talk to you about a wine I care a lot about: Chianti. When I think of this wine, and in particular of the best Chianti Classico wines, I think of Casalino, a small village of 64 inhabitants in the Casentino forests, where I spent some wonderful summers...

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Milan Wine Week 2020: Lugana Masterclass

Milan Wine Week 2020: Lugana Masterclass

Yesterday evening I was a guest at the Masterclass 'Il Lugana ieri, oggi e domani' (Lugana Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) organised by the Lugana Consortium as part of Milan Wine Week at the splendid Palazzo Bovara, which also has the advantage of having the metro stop right outside the entrance. The...

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One is born autochthonous: the 5 wines I liked best

One is born autochthonous: the 5 wines I liked best

On Thursday 23 January 2020 I went, as I do every year, to the GoWine Association's 'Autoctono si nasce' event at the Hotel Michelangelo in Milan. Once again I found it a small and very interesting event to discover some goodies and confirm...

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Unione Ristoranti Buon Ricordo: 3 new things you should know

Unione Ristoranti Buon Ricordo: 3 new things you should know

Today I want to talk to you about a rather greedy subject... because I am sure that if you love to drink well, you also love to eat well! Have you ever heard of the Unione Ristoranti Buon Ricordo? It is the first association of Italian restaurants that was founded right here in Italy in...

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Port wine: 6 things you might not know and 6 tastings

Port wine: 6 things you might not know and 6 tastings

In mid-September I went to Porto with my closest friend - and partner - Fabrizio and I was delighted that he too was able to admire the magic of this city and taste these wonderful wines. When I hear about liqueur wines, and in particular Port Wine, I...

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Valtidone Wine Fest: the triumph of Malvasia

Valtidone Wine Fest: the triumph of Malvasia

In this article I will not tell you about wine. I will save all the tastings I did during the Valtidone Wine Fest for a future article, where I will be happy to share my notes with you and point out the Malvasia (and other) wines I liked best. No, in...

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Zidarich: tastings for Mare & Vitovska 2019

Zidarich: tastings for Mare & Vitovska 2019

Mare & Vitovska 2019 took place over a month ago, but due to a series of personal vicissitudes I found myself with 'writer's block'. This is why I decided to focus on the new edition of my bestselling book 'How to become a Sommelier'. Not...

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Tenuta Sant'Antonio: a spectacular vertical of Telos!

Tenuta Sant'Antonio: a spectacular vertical of Telos!

Here is a tasting I did during this splendid Vinitaly 2019 that I have not yet told you about: a vertical tasting of Telos Bianco by Tenuta Sant'Antonio to which Agnese of Wine Meridian invited me, whom I thank! The Télos project was born from the desire to...

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Sicilian Marsala and Piacenza cuisine

Sicilian Marsala and Piacenza cuisine

When Antonio Montano asked me to be co-presenter of this evening on Marsala at Le Proposte di Corano Restaurant, in my beloved Colli Piacentini, I was delighted to accept. Sicily has always been in my heart, and I never tire of repeating it...

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Io Bevo Così: 10 wines not to be missed in 2018

Io Bevo Così: 10 wines not to be missed in 2018

The only thing I like about travelling by train is that it is very compatible with my life as a wine blogger: in fact I am writing to you right now to tell you how my day went! Granted, I'm so hungry I could eat a Lilliput with all its...

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Loazzolo DOC: 30 years and counting!

Loazzolo DOC: 30 years and counting!

On Sunday 22 June, I was a guest of the Scaglione family in the province of Asti on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Loazzolo DOC and took part in a wonderful dialogue on wine together with other important personalities such as Antonello Maietta, President...

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Beer Fair in Forlì: Enough, you broke the balls!

Beer Fair in Forlì: Enough, you broke the balls!

Well, the title is not the most elegant. I know, I admit it. But on Saturday night my balls were spinning in a spin that would make the solar system envious. Laura & Andrea called me to go to "Mastro Birraio - Fiera della Birra artigianale", 2nd edition, in...

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Welcome Brunello!

Welcome Brunello!

In the Tuscan wine capital, among the hills and cypress-lined avenues, the perched houses and boundless vineyards, the 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino and the 2013 vintage of Rosso di Montalcino were presented. I had never been to this small medieval commune of little ...

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Gino Fabbri and the dream of Peter Pan

Gino Fabbri and the dream of Peter Pan

On Saturday afternoon, I had the honour of being invited to the event organised by Gino Fabbri, World Pastry Champion, in his wonderful shop in Bologna 'La Caramella' on the occasion of his victory at the World Pastry Cup held in Lyon on 25 October.

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