Richard Baudains

Richard Baudains

Richard Baudains was born and bred in Jersey in the Channel Islands and trained to be a teacher of English as a foreign language in order to satisfy his wanderlust. After several years in various foreign climes, Baudains settled down in beautiful Friuli-Venezia Giulia, having had the good fortune to reside previously in the winemaking regions of Piemonte, Tuscany, Liguria and Trentino-Alto Adige. Baudains wrote his first article for Decanter in 1989 and has been a regular contributor on Italian wines ever since. His day job as director of a language school conveniently leaves time for a range of wine-related activities including writing for the Slow wine guide, editing, translating, leading tastings and lecturing in wine journalism at the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche.

Richard Baudains attended the Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Symposium with low expectations and memories of watery, characterless whites. Totally wowed by the wines, he explains here what lies behind the…

While Tuscany may provide the most evocative illustration of Sangiovese’s prowess, it turns out this talented grape has many other homes too. Richard Baudains finds distinctive alter egos and wallet-friendly…

Carlo Petrini

Richard Baudains asks Carlo Petrini about evolving tastes, the redundancy of wine scores and the rationale behind the organisation's first wine guide.

Brunello: Tradition vs Technology

The Brunello blending scandal may be over, but it has reignited the spirited debate about the best style for Montalcino’s flagship wine. RICHARD BAUDAINS listens to arguments from both camps…

Innovation to Inundation?

Supertuscans changed the face of Tuscany, but with Chianti regulations now more liberal, have they run their course? By RICHARD BAUDAINS

Beyond Pinot Grigio

When we named Italy’s first and second growths earlier this year, the biggest surprise was that over half were primarily producers of white wine. Still think Italy is all about…

Italy’s Classed Growths

Which are Italy’s best wines, its own crus classés? Our chief Italian critic Richard Baudains apes the structure of the Médoc as he nominates his first growth dream team –…

Beyond Barolo

Italy’s northwestern zone of Alba is so intrinsically linked with Barolo that its winemakers often become transfixed. Now they’re starting to realise there’s more to life than Nebbiolo – Barbera…

Bold and beautiful

Modern style Aglianico wines, which celebrate the grape’s robust character rather than trying to tame it, have put Basilicata firmly on the map, says RICHARD BAUDAINS

Friuli trail blazers

Friuli is no longer synonomous only with white wines – its reds are getting better and better, and the dessert wines are a well-kept secret. Discover the region through the…

Keeping it in the family

Italian estates have traditionally played it safe by investing in Chardonnay and Merlot rather than risk it with native grapes. But home-grown varieties are fighting back, writes RICHARD BAUDAINS

Italy: The New Greats

Never a country to rest on its laurels, Italy continues to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence. RICHARD BAUDAINS introduces 25 estates – some new, others transformed – that…

Power surge

The Barbera d'Asti and Barbera del Monferrato DOCs have both shown explosive growth over the last decade. RICHARD BAUDAINS introduces the new and far more drinkable 'Super-Barberas'