Producer Insight

Q&A with Cesari of Brigaldara, One of Valpolicella’s and Amarone’s Leading Lights

Brigaldara is one of the best wineries of the Valpolicella area. Owned by the Cesari family since 1929, the estate makes some of the purest, more graceful examples of Valpolicella and Amarone (especially) around, providing a welcome alternative to many of the area’s wines that boast much riper mouthfeels, thicker textures, and higher alcohol levels but that when made by lesser lights can be over the top.
by Ian D’Agata

Domaine Tempier and the Great Wines of Bandol

Bandol is a unique part of Provence, where not just wonderful Rosé wines but very fine reds and whites are made as well. Domaine Tempier is a benchmark Bandol estate that deserves credit not just for its wines but for having moved to save and promote Mourvèdre.
by ian D’Agata

Q&A: Paolo Speri of Valpolicella’s Speri Wines

The Speri winery in Valpolicella is one of the best in the business. Editor-in-Chief Ian D’Agata continues his interviews with the quality leaders of the Valpolicella (previously published: Tedeschi). After all, it’s people like Speri, Tedeschi, Brigaldara, Tommasi, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Bussola, and Masi, besides the great Quintarelli and dal Forno, that are keeping the region afloat with great wines that nobody will be talking about for all the wrong reasons. In this brilliant interview, Editor-in-Chief Ian D’Agata sits down with Paolo Speri and digs deep into the winery and the family that runs it.
by Ian D’Agata