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Decanter magazine: May 2019

Top 30 Merlots under £50 Decanter contributors and experts from around the world nominated their favourite value Merlots, then Andrew Jefford sat down to compare them. Here he recommends his own top 30

Tuscany: Brunello di Montalcino Andrew Jefford gets to the heart of one of the world’s greatest wine regions

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Producer profile: Donnafugata With its extensive vineyard holdings in some of Sicily’s top locations, this respected family producer is a leading light, says Richard Baudains#

Italy’s delicious gastronomic whites Local works best: Fiona Beckett suggests the food matches that really bring Italy’s savoury whites to life

Wallet-friendly Barolo alternatives The Piedmont classic doesn’t get any cheaper: Susan Hulme MW selects Italy’s best-value Nebbiolo options

Veneto: Bardolino This fresh, fruity, lighter-style red is deserving of a second look, argues Michaela Morris

Vintage report: 2017 northern Rhône The concentrated, complex reds will reveal their quality over time, but caution on the whites, advises Matt Walls

Panel tasting – Chianti Classico 2010: 75 wines tasted Seven Outstanding wines topped a selection of quality and consistency across the region

Panel tasting – Premium Amarone 71 wines tasted A broad range of vintages on show, revealing good drinkability and well-balanced wines

Expert’s choice: Sicily’s native whites Carla Capalbo recommends 18 wines to try from the island’s wealth of grapes and terroirs

Travel: Montecucco Emily O’Hare finds a warm welcome in peaceful, bucolic southern Tuscany

Travel: My Milan Sarah Lane’s top spots for food and wine in Italy’s fashion capital

Wine legend Nino Negri, 5 Stelle Sfursat 2001, Valtellina

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