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December 20, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

We are very excited to share with you the scores we recently received from Antonio Galloni in the Wine Advocate.  Writing in Issue 197 of October 2011, he said:

 “This is a gorgeous set of entry-level wines from Luciano Sandrone that speak to the estate’s unwavering commitment to quality throughout the range. These are fabulous wines that make a great introduction to the work of one of Piedmont’s leading estates.”

 Thank you Antonio for recognizing that we take quality at every level extremely seriously. We strive to put the same care, passion and dedication into every bottle we make, whether it be the basic Dolcetto or a bottle of Barolo Cannubi Boschis.

 Here are the comments and scores for the entry-level wines just released:

2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba “Valmaggiore”  92 points

 “The 2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore is striking. It flows from the glass with sweet red fruits, flowers, spices and herbs in a very representative expression of this site. This is a gorgeous, poised Nebbiolo with wonderful mid-palate sweetness and fabulous overall balance. A clean, saline finish gives the wine its focus and proportion on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019.”

  2009 Barbera d’Alba  90 points

“The 2009 Barbera d’Alba impresses for its silkiness, finesse and sheer harmony. This is a mid-weight vintage for the Barbera, but here, too, the wine’s balance is totally irresistible. This shows lovely mid-palate pliancy in a feminine style that is incredibly appealing. Sweet dark cherries, flowers and subtle hints of French oak linger on the polished, impeccable finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016.” 

2010 Dolcetto d’Alba  90 points

“The 2010 Dolcetto d’Alba is a beautifully articulated, vibrant wine loaded with varietal character. In keeping with the personality of the year, this is less fruit driven than many other recent vintages, but that is actually a plus here given the low yields that inform the estate’s wines. The Dolcetto shows terrific intensity and verve from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.”

We would also like to thank all of you who have supported and enjoyed our wines over the years. We truly appreciate your continued interest and we will always strive to exceed your expectations for our wines.

 With warmest regards, 

 Luciano Sandrone

Barbara Sandrone

Luca Sandrone


You can find Sandrone wines in our on-line shop at

We look forward to seeing you there


Vinchio – Vaglio Serra

December 16, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

Vinchio Vaglio Serra is a “Vinegrowers Association” located near Asti in the town of Vinchio. Far from your typical “social winery,” Vinchio Vaglio Serra controls all aspects of the production process from vine to bottle.

Their wines have garnered the highest possible praise from Gambero Rosso, and for good reason. The Barbera grape thrives in the hills of Monferrato, and Vinchio Vaglio Serra truly knows Barbera.

The many growers associated with Vinchio Vaglio Serra have a long history with the cantina. Founded in 1959, the cantina has dedicated itself to promoting the illustrious, if often under-rated Barbera grape. Although they produce many other wines, Barbera is clearly the focus at this modern winery. All of the members of the winery are committed to working with a low environmental impact, reducing the use of pesticides.

The focus on quality in the vineyard is immediately recognisable when opening a bottle, and affirmed when visiting the vineyards surrounding the town of Vinchio. A more peaceful setting cannot be imagined, with the surrounding hills covered in vines, primarily Barbera.

But Vinchio Vaglio Serra is not limited toBarbera.  Their Barolo and Barbaresco are excellent representations of Nebbiolo, and you can also try their Moscato and Brachetto.

Vinchio – Vaglio Serra wines have won awards across the world.

In our shop you can buy La Romantica  2010 – a cabernet merlot mix which won a bronze medal in the Korean wine challenge.

Or if you prefer Barbera, we have I Tre Vescovi 2009 which was awarded a silver medal in the international wine challenge 2011, a bronze medal in Decanter WWA 2011 and silver (best in class) in IWSC 2011.

Sei Vigne Insynthesis has won Gold medals from Decanter and from ISWC as well as 2 red glasses from Gambero Rosso. This isn’t on the website but is available upon request.

These wines and more are available from our on line shop at

Enjoy a bottle of Vinchio Vaglio Serra wine today


Wine scores

July 14, 2008 by Inez No Comments »

Here are the latest scores for some of our Wines

Robert Parker for la Brancaia

  • Brancaia Il Blu 2005 92
  • Brancaia Ilatraia 2005 91
  • Brancaia Tre 2005 88

Robert Parker/Winespectator for Ciacci Piccolomini

  • Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2003 RP 93/WS 91
  • Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2003 RP 91 / WS 90
  • Ciacci Piccolomini Ateo , 2005 WS 89
  • Ciacci Piccolomini Fabius 2005, WS 89
  • Ciacci Piccolomini Poggio della Fonte WS 87

Robert Parker on Tenuta San Guido

  • Sassicaia 2005 93

NewComer of the Year

June 10, 2008 by Christine No Comments »

Best of Wine in Ireland 2008 WinnersNewComer of the Year,
the Best of wine in Ireland 2008

” This award recognises the most exciting newcomer to the wine business in Ireland. The winner this year is A Taste Of Italy whose wines performed remarkably well in our tastings”.

Set up in 2005, A Taste of Italy’s emphasis on quality and authenticity in their wines is paying dividends. The company was founded by Pasquale Cavaliere,  and Christine Hewitt. A small importer dealing exclusively in Italian wines, A Taste of Italy focuses on small and medium-sized quality producers. A Taste of Italy has some excellent producers on its books.

The company has made quite an impact on the Irish scene in a short time.Though working with a limited number of producers, they have 15 wines listed in the book, with four starred wines.
The future looks promising.

ref: The Best of Wine In Ireland 2008,
13th Edition,
john Wilson & Pat Carroll
Published by A & A Farmar