Wine Advocate's Italian wine reviewer shares what she would like to accomplish in 2018.
It was the hottest day of the year. The air was heavy and humid. The incessant singing of cicadas grew to a dizzying pitch. On July 12, 2016 I was visiting vineyards with a producer near Andria in Puglia when news broke that two commuter trains had collided head-on at high speed on a single track just a few kilometers from where I stood. The result of a signaling error, the Andria-Corato train crash would leave 23 dead and 54 injured. It sparked national outcry on train safety in Italy.
The past 12 months have offered exceptional tasting surprises in Italian wine. The international marketplace has been replenished with beautiful new releases and impressive vintages representing the best of Italy, from the tip to the toe.