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We take two themes this issue: Italian wine and Scotch whisky. Few countries’ food-and-wine scenes stir the emotions like that of Italy, whose expansive wine provenance can make mastering the country’s full array of vinous virtues a rewarding but challenging task. We pick out the indigenous grape varieties to know, along with a selection of unusual wines to discover. We also ask whether Super-Tuscans are losing their sheen, explore the allure of Amarone, a stellar Brunello di Montalcino vintage, and the growing appeal of Nebbiolo – and we visit Piedmont’s most famous family, Gaja.
Scotch whisky’s star continues to shine ever more brightly. Besides an exploration of whisky terroir and a tasting of distillery originals v independent bottlings, we tell the evocative story of the ‘lost’ distilleries of the 1980s and ’90s that are now being brought back to life in spectacular fashion.