Richard Baudains

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'