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by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

The Winehouse has a lots of good wines. Prices are OK, especially for the West coast. Just scrolling through the first few pages for Italy shows some nice and interesting choices. Manhattan seems OK also. Seems to have a smaller selection. But it might just be the websites. Thank you Gary—was think...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

A really wonderful thread with lots of great info. You can see how daunting it can be but does not have to. As others have posted I have been traveling to Italy every year for close to 25 years. I think one of the best ways to focus your learning is to develop a passion for a region, its people and...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

My Italian wine learning curve hasn't been as steep as this by any means. I think if you want to have the authentic experience you may want to spend about a quarter of your effort on the well known and recommended wines listed here and in books. The rest of your effort should be spent on going into...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

• Friuli-Venezia Giulia - Not solely orange / natural wines, but it's become what they are best know for. I still find myself intimidated by this region. • Sardinia - A huge gap in my knowledge Excellent breakdown provided by Ian. Can add a few humble notes about Friuli and Sardinia (for Basilicata...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Learning Italian wines in one year is much akin to 'seeing' Italy on holiday in a 3 week visit. Yes some famous places will be visited, but the real Italy runs deeper than that. However in the spirit of learning, I've put the regions in 'an' order to suggest how the learning might go • Tuscany & Em...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

I think Italy would be the last country to try to 'learn in one year'. If you really want to learn it up and down anyway. So many varieties and regions. Plus history. Just look at the regional outlines in the Wine Atlas. In some places the local areas overlap and in some places they don't. And the ...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Since you have a interest in Sicily. https://vinicolabenanti.it/ http://www.tenutaterrenere.com/en/ http://www.vinifranchetti.com/passopisciaro/ http://www.valcerasa.com/ https://www.ibiondi.com/ http://www.cosvittoria.it/en/ http://www.agricolaocchipinti.it/en/ http://www.centonze-vini.com/ http:/...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

OH man, that's a big ask, but I love this. I traveled to Italy to study wine back in 08 (I remember there was a rally in Florence when Obama won the election). For reasons of either poor/limited wines or redundancy with neighboring region, I would skip Molise and Lazio, you could even cut out Ligur...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

I think one year of study and tasting is enough to get a very solid foundation of Italian wine knowledge, as long as you stick to it and spend plenty of time actually studying (not just tasting a bunch of wines). Rory's list is well thought out, but I think it's too focused on reds. You need more w...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Brett, I really like your plan. It’s totally reasonable, fun, and a good start on Italy. Of course it’s just a scratching of the surface, but why the heck not? And one wonderful thing about Italy is that you can almost certainly find representative wines from every region for under $50. Not the top...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

The Winehouse has a lots of good wines. Prices are OK, especially for the West coast. Just scrolling through the first few pages for Italy shows some nice and interesting choices. Manhattan seems OK also. Seems to have a smaller selection. But it might just be the websites. Thank you Gary—was think...
by BDavis
February 5th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

You should focus on the big three first. And add a couple other areas of special interest. Learn the rules, and then the exceptions. 1. Piedmont 2. Tuscany 3. Veneto Sicily - Etna Campagna Trentino - Alto Adige Friuli Gary—based on the above, would 3 months each in Piedmont, Tuscany, and Veneto, wi...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Matt---appreciate the reply, and I know one year won't even come close to doing the country justice. I'm hoping in a year or so, I can learn enough to be able to decipher wines from each regions and find a few producers to keep for the long haul. I think you have a good idea...perhaps focus on the ...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Learning Italian wines in one year is much akin to 'seeing' Italy on holiday in a 3 week visit. Yes some famous places will be visited, but the real Italy runs deeper than that. However in the spirit of learning, I've put the regions in 'an' order to suggest how the learning might go • Tuscany & Em...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

If you really intend to do this, then you better be bankrolled by Jeff Bozo 's ex-wife, and you better have a liver the size of a beach ball. That would be this guy: bozo.jpg Not sure if that was intentional or not, but it's as good a summary as any. I would take six weeks rather than a whole year....
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

No one knows Italy. Spend five or ten minutes at VIVC , and you'll quickly give up on the idea of ever "knowing" Italy [learning VIVC, especially when it comes to Italy, is like trying to read the Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary from beginning to end]. Every single Italian crossroads, in the m...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

there are some great Italian wine courses available online. I think the Napa wine academy has one. But I think in a year its maybe better to choose the MAJOR regions of Italy and get to know them well. For example, Piedmont alone has Barolo, barbaresco, alto-piemonte, barbera, dolcetto, freisa... T...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

It is a laudable goal, but probably impossible. Doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Italy has 3,000 years of history. And wine is a part of that history. And food too. You are not going to fully cover that in a year. I have been to Italy every year for 23 years and I am still not "finished". Italy has ...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

I've been drinking and collecting Italian wines for 30 years and still wouldn't claim that I "know" Italian wine. But no reason why this needs to be a one year experiment unless you find that you don't like the wines. I'm going to second Matt Stolz' suggestion about focusing on a region, and given ...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Let’s say you went with Rory’s plan. The next question would be - how to pick producers/bottlings? Some regions will generate a lot of suggestions (eg. for Barolo, I’d suggest Francesco Rinaldi’s base Barolo as a good example. Barbaresco try Produttori ‘Torre’) others fewer. You could do your own r...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

"One country. One year." Is this another post about Millennial "goals."?? [pillow-fight.gif] Markus--haha, not quite. More trying to focus more on trying/tasting wines from one country, rather than being all over the place. I want to make a concerted effort over the next year to buy Italian wines, ...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

PHuff wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 5:12 am
This Website provides some interesting commentary on Italian Wine and Food......I also think that John Fodera posts here on Berserkers.

http://johnfodera.com/
Paul---John's website looks great...going to read through it today. Really like how he has recipes as well...thank you!
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

If you're serious, consider this program: https://www.winescholarguild.org/italian-wine-scholar/italian-wine-scholar-study-program-overview.html Kyle--I didn't even think of doing some sort of formal training, but this certainly looks intriguing. Looks like it starts 2/25 as well. Thank you for the...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

OH man, that's a big ask, but I love this. I traveled to Italy to study wine back in 08 (I remember there was a rally in Florence when Obama won the election). For reasons of either poor/limited wines or redundancy with neighboring region, I would skip Molise and Lazio, you could even cut out Ligur...
by BDavis
February 3rd, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 8:20 pm
Oh, this’ll be a super interesting/fun thread. [popcorn.gif]
Kyle--I'm hoping so...I assume there are plenty of people here that drink Italian wines frequently, so trying to tap into their wisdom.
by BDavis
February 2nd, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2438

Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Hi everyone. First real post, other than the three on Berserker Day, after reading/lurking since 2011. I'm interested in diving deeper into one country. I've chosen Italy for a couple of reasons...I've taken a few trips there, and my wife is Sicilian and loves to cook Italian food. We've always enjo...
by BDavis
January 27th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Wilde farm BD 10 - Sold Out!
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