Peter's Picks from the Wine Room

Director of Fine Wines & Purchasing, Peter Smolarz highlights some of his favourite collectible wines, exclusive products and hidden gems.  

Gaja is one of the stars of the world wine scene, a producer that is widely credited with transforming not just the image and international reputation of its native Piedmont region, but of Italy as a whole. It has had a significant impact on the way that Italian wine is grown, made, priced, distributed and marketed. Gaja is one of a handful of fine wine brands that can compete with and charge the same prices as the top names of Burgundy and Bordeaux.

'The 2015 and 2016 vintages from Piedmont’s famed regions of Barolo and Barbaresco are among the most notable wines in modern winemaking, demonstrating incredible quality and extraordinary flavours. As such, it comes as no surprise that Angelo Gaja’s Barbaresco is considered a brilliant example, equaling, if not exceeding, the mythical 1989 and 1990 vintages. Along with the 2017 Super Tuscans of his Bolgheri estate Ca’Marcanda, Gaja has recently released some of his greatest expressions yet.' - Peter Smolarz

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