Decanter Magazine, Wine Journalist
Tom Maresca is a wine journalist and author with 30 years of experience. He has written two books on wine, Mastering Wine, which one the first-ever Clicquot Prize for Wine Book of the Year, and The Right Wine. Aside from Decanter, he is a contributor to the Quarterly Review of Wines. He collaborated with his wife, Diane Darrow, to write two books Italian food and wine, La Tavola Italiana and The Seasons of the Italian Kitchen and an ebook Not The Same Old Spaghetti Sauce.
Barolo: The glory days
1978 was the one vintage that really put Barolo on the map. Since then there have been enormous changes in both vineyard and cellar, as well as global warming. So has this changed the intrinsic character of the wines? Tom Maresca reports...
Vintage Report: Barolo 2009
Tom Maresca was roundly disappointed by this 2009 tasting, citing the winemakers' failure to address how difficult the vintage was as one reason for this 'dismal' showing
Barolo and Barbaresco: Is oak ok now?
In the late 1990s, Alba was infatuated with new French barriques. A decade on, TOM MARESCA looks at whether time has changed not only these Barolos and Barbarescos, but also the mindset of producers
Tuscany's big three
Just like their varied terrain, Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano’s recent vintages have been a mixed bag. TOM MARESCA and RICHARD BAUDAINS guide you through the latest releases, and highlight the star performers
Barbaresco: Piedmont 2000 & 2001
Barbaresco producers have become used to living in the shadow of their counterparts in Barolo. Yet tasting the latest releases, TOM MARESCA senses a case of role reversal
Tom Maresca meets Ezio Rivella, a remarkable winemaker
He’s one of the fathers of modern Italian red wine, he’s helped turn Tuscany into the commercial success it is today, he’s even invented a way for Italian white wines to travel.
The Name Game - Montelpuciano
Montepulciano’s Vino Nobile has gradually been reasserting its nobility, but a recent EU ruling may threaten its unique identity. TOM MARESCA visits a region determined not to let new reforms endanger recent advances
Chianti Classico: Living on the edge
All classic red wines have their ups and downs, and Chianti Classico is no exception. Tom Maresca reports on the new vintage releases and tells you what to expect
Magnificent Structure: Barolos and Barbarescos
When Tom Maresca tasted the 1999 Barolos and 2000 Barbarescos, he was bowled over. Here he picks out the very best
Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino: Tuscan greats
TOM MARESCA tastes his way through the new vintage releases in Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello: 1980 to 2000
Today's Brunello di Montalcinos are gorgeously drinkable when young, but still mature beautifully if you can bear to wait. TOM MARESCA looks at the new style and provides a detailed guide to recent vintages
Lesser known grape: Aglianico grape
Although Aglianico is one of Italy's noble grapes, ranking in quality alongside Barolo, it is scarcely known outside southern Italy. TOM MARESCA profiles the black grape
The wonder years: Barolo and Barbaresco
The last six vintages of Barolo and Barbaresco have created some truly spectacular wines, as TOM MARESCA discovers
TOM MARESCA selects Tuscany's top wines from Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino at the annual tasting of new releases