Lugana – Wine of Verona

During a recent visit to Lake Garda, in northern Italy, I discovered their local, easy drinking, white wine Lugana DOC.

otella_lugana-1Lakeside, this ticks all the boxes, quenching thirst in 30’C heat, crisp but not astringent, light but flavoursome. Not too much thought is needed, nor demanded with this simple, what-it-says-on-the-tin style drop.

Our accommodation was on the lakeshore near the old town of the Sirmione peninsula. A wonderful setting to dip one’s toes in the Lago after a light, inoffensive tipple.

The grape(s) of Lugana DOC contain a minimum 90% Trebbiano di Lugana, an offshoot of Trebbiano (Ugni Blanc) grape. Balance, fruit and spice- drink young and enjoy your surroundings and company!

Riedel: Varietal Specific Glassware

So I recently picked up a couple of Riedel Vinum glasses. Now, I’m a big fan of Riedel glassware. Industry standard, these are the best! Tasting (or drinking for that matter) without Riedel always seems as though something is missing, the experience is a tad flat.

Tasting (or drinking for that matter) without Riedel always seems as though something is missing, the experience is a tad flat.


First of all, these are great quality (as always), fragile yes, but what do you expect.

In the past week, i’ve put these through, two bottles of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, an Amarone, a Langhe Nebbiolo and a Barbaresco with a dry Mösel Rielsing for good measure!

The Amarone excelled, the shape of the glass seems to really deliver the wine to the right area of the mouth, whilst the large bowl with a slightly fluted top allows all the nuances of this great Italian red to emerge to the fore. Plum and Cacao on the nose, with a leatheriness underlying on the palate.

The Mösel Riesling on the other-hand seemed overwhelmed. A dry example from a reputable producer, I think the extra surface area of this glass really accentuated the ethanol notes on both nose and palate. This also turned this wine into a real Lime-bomb. Lime-blossom and ethanol unbalancing what, with the correct glassware, is a well-balanced drop.




The shape of this glasses delivers the wine straight to the sour tastebuds, on the side of the mouth, and the bitter at the rear. I believe the Amarone benefitted from this, being respectively low in acid, earthy and jammy. The mouthfeel is a truly pleasurable experience, with all the silky- sexiness that is Amarone!

The sweet taste buds at the front are at first missed, this surely is the answer to why the Riesling, although dry and balanced, at-first suffers from an astringency.

Although being sceptical is sometimes the best mindset to adopt in the wine world, with so much hot air and hyperbole, I thoroughly agree with the pretext to varietal glassware, something to certainly try yourself.


I shall be increasing my collection from now on!



All my tasting notes and ratings can be found here:

‘…Sunlight held together by water.’

Galileo’s quip on the nature of wine has always fascinated me.

It sparked the firing of synapses that led to an all-encompassing interest in this most ubiquitous of luxury pleasures,  synonymous with wealth, extravagance, history and bullshit.

I am a 27-year-old WSET certified wine enthusiast, who was lucky enough to work under a Master of Wine- I’m trying to cut through the hyperbole and deliver honest, first-hand experience and opinions. On a journey to cut through my old world prejudices, longing to find sublime expressions of

  • terroir
  • climat
  • cépage
  • quality
  • …and to a certain extent value for money!


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