Club Oenologique Issue 7

Issue 7: Spring 2021


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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.

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In this issue

Montelena vineyard


Detailed analysis of the wine & spirit scene from the world’s best writers

Champagne bottles

The Collection

The world's finest and most sought-after wines and spirits assessed by our experts

Prince Robert at Quintus


Meet the men and women who sit at the pinnacle of the worlds of wine, spirits and gastronomy

rasmus chef

Food & Travel

Our correspondents travel the world to visit the most talked-about restaurants and bars - and meet the three-star chefs