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Discover the complete Certa world. From our day-to-day team conversations to our one-off collaborations, from our Hong Kong community to a bit of our Italian history, you’ll find all our stories here.

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Marisa Cuomo Furore Rosso Costa d’Amalfi DOC 2019
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Marisa Cuomo Furore Rosso Costa d’Amalfi DOC 2019

Justin shares his thoughts about Marisa Cuomo Furore Rosso Costa d’Amalfi DOC 2019, a “double-faced” wine.

Frisino Minutolo IGP Puglia 2019
#Frisino

Frisino Minutolo IGP Puglia 2019

Justin shares his thoughts about Frisino Minutolo IGP Puglia 2019.

Cavalleri Franciacorta Brut Blanc de Blancs
#Cavalleri
#Franciacorta

Cavalleri Franciacorta Brut Blanc de Blancs

Justin shares his thoughts about Cavalleri Franciacorta Brut Blanc de Blancs.

Manuel Marinacci Barbaresco Riserva 2015
#ManuelMarinacci

Manuel Marinacci Barbaresco Riserva 2015

Justin shares his thoughts about Manuel Marinacci Barbaresco Riserva 2015

Podere le Ripi Sogni & Follia Rosso di Montalcino 2015
#PodereLeRipi
#RossoDiMontalcino

Podere le Ripi Sogni & Follia Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Justin shares his thoughts about Podere le Ripi Sogni & Follia Rosso di Montalcino 2015, the little brother of Brunello

Mosnel Franciacorta Brut Nature
#Mosnel
#Franciacorta

Mosnel Franciacorta Brut Nature

Justin shares his thoughts about Mosnel Brut Nature, the Franciacorta with only about 0-3 g/l sugar in the wine.

Cantine Astroni Colle Rotondella Campi Flegrei Piedirosso 2018
#Cantine Astroni
#Piedirosso

Cantine Astroni Colle Rotondella Campi Flegrei Piedirosso 2018

Justin shares his thoughts about Cantine Astroni Colle Rotondella Campi Flegrei Piedirosso 2018. 

Summer in Sicily: Tenuta Tascante
#TascaD'Almerita
#Tascante
#CertaWineTour

Summer in Sicily: Tenuta Tascante

Ian had travelled across Italy exploring Tasca estates over the last two summers. He shares some of his favourite wine memories of Tenuta Tascante, in the extraordinary territory of Mount Etna. 

Delicacies hunting around Abruzzo
#Macelleria
#Aquila

Delicacies hunting around Abruzzo

In a picturesque, tiny village Mr De Paulis was our stop in his delicatessen and salumeria. Gregorio Rotolo makes cheese with the oak barrels from Valle Reale vineyards down the valley.

Riecine Palmina Rosé Toscana IGT 2019
#Riecine

Riecine Palmina Rosé Toscana IGT 2019

Justin shares his thoughts about Riecine Palmina Rosé Toscana IGT 2019, a fruity, crispy and easy to drink wine and certainly food friendly.

Montalcino: beyond the Brunello
#Montalcino
#Brunello
#PodereLeRipi

Montalcino: beyond the Brunello

Fourth episode of the story of how a Tuscan hill found itself under the spotlight of the wine world. The history of Brunello, today’s nature scene, the unexpected biodiversity of Montalcino and Tuscan food and drink excellences.

Brunello the Italian dream
#PodereLeRipi
#Montalcino
#Brunello

Brunello the Italian dream

Third episode of the story of how a Tuscan hill found itself under the spotlight of the wine world. The history of Brunello, today’s nature scene, the unexpected biodiversity of Montalcino and Tuscan food and drink excellences.

Geographica description of a territory divided into sides and slopes
#PodereLeRipi
#Montalcino
#Brunello

Geographica description of a territory divided into sides and slopes

Second episode of the story of how a Tuscan hill found itself under the spotlight of the wine world. The history of Brunello, today’s nature scene, the unexpected biodiversity of Montalcino and Tuscan food and drink excellences.

From Montalcino to Brunello
#Brunello
#Montalcino
#PodereLeRipi

From Montalcino to Brunello

First episode of the story of how a Tuscan hill found itself under the spotlight of the wine world. The history of Brunello, today’s nature scene, the unexpected biodiversity of Montalcino and Tuscan food and drink excellences.

Elisabetta and The Biscotti Factory
#CertaWineTour
#AntonioMattei

Elisabetta and The Biscotti Factory

Elisabetta is one of those people who has a smile that can light up a room.

The Art of Living: Castello di Ama
#CertaWineTour
#CastelloDiAma

The Art of Living: Castello di Ama

It feels incredible strolling down the cobblestone streets of the village of Ama, not only because of its medieval history, but because of the fact that there is an astounding collection of contemporary art all around you.

Wild Italy
#CertaWineTour
#ValleReale

Wild Italy

There’s an imaginary line that splits Abruzzo into two – Abruzzo of the sea and Abruzzo of the mountains goes inland, its peaks a sort of spine attached to the core of the nation.

Mountains of Finesse
#ValleReale
#CertaWineTour

Mountains of Finesse

If I’m honest, I couldn’t point to Abruzzo on a map before we went there. 

The Magic of Sardinia
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The Magic of Sardinia

A walk around the Cagliari’s central market, San Benedetto, is a delight for the senses.

 Salt Day
#TascaD'Almerita
#Whitaker

Salt Day

Having salt in your hair is a common occurrence while cruising around Sicily and its glistening waters, but this feeling couldn’t be more apt than at Mozia, a tiny island off the western coast of Sicily.

The Sicilian Highlands
#TascaD'Almerita
#Tascante
#CertaWineTour

The Sicilian Highlands

Volcanoes and Sicily go together like Sonny and Cher, but no volcano in the region is as famous as Etna.

Fenocchio Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
#WineTasting
#Nebbiolo
#Fenocchio

Fenocchio Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

Justin shares his thoughts about Giacomo Fenocchio's Langhe Nebbiolo 2018, the "junior version" of Barolo that allows you to appreciate the beauty of Nebbiolo grapes without having to wait.

Summer in Sicily: Capofaro
#TascaD'Almerita
#Capofaro

Summer in Sicily: Capofaro

Ian had travelled across Italy exploring Tasca estates over the last two summers. He shares some of his favourite wine memories of Capofaro, in the Aeolian archipelago.

Valle Reale
#ValleReale

Valle Reale

The vineyards at Valle Reale sit in Majella, one of the most breath-taking national parks in all of Italy, a remote, wild and quiet part of the country.

Culinary / Cultural encounter: Antonio Mattei
#CulinaryEncoutner
#AntonioMattei

Culinary / Cultural encounter: Antonio Mattei

To get into the mood, we discussed about food hybridity over Mattei's cantucci and pu’erh tea. ⁣

How to create a perfect G&T (it’s not what you think)
#TascaD'Almerita
#Capofaro
#CertaWineTour

How to create a perfect G&T (it’s not what you think)

A gin and tonic is usually a “safe” drink – a drink you have when you’re not sure if the bar does good cocktails – but the way a gin and tonic is done at Capofaro, you’ll have no doubt that the bar can handle anything.

Mosnel Franciacorta Brut Rosé
#WineTasting
#Mosnel
#Franciacorta

Mosnel Franciacorta Brut Rosé

Justin shares his thoughts about Mosnel Franciacorta Brut Rosé.

Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta Toscana Bianco IGT 2019
#WineTasting
#PodereLeRipi

Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta Toscana Bianco IGT 2019

Justin shares his thoughts about Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta Toscana Bianco IGT 2019: "It almost tastes like a red wine in the white wine’s cloth".

Niko Romito
#NikoRomito

Niko Romito

Niko Romito was once a stockbroker, but in 1999 he decided to take over his father's restaurant when he passed, even though he knew nothing about cooking. His journey since then has been extraordinary and today he is one of Italy's finest chefs.

Brushing up on essential cocktail knowledge: the Negroni
#Mixology
#Negroni

Brushing up on essential cocktail knowledge: the Negroni

Mixologist Massimo takes us on a tour of Italian bitters, grappa and amari, brushing up on essential cocktail knowledge. Let's start with a Negroni. 

Summer in Sicily: Tenuta Regaleali
#TascaD'Almerita
#Regaleali
#CertaWineTour

Summer in Sicily: Tenuta Regaleali

Ian had travelled across Italy exploring Tasca estates over the last two summers. He shares some of his favourite wine memories of Tenuta Regaleali, in the heart of Sicily.

Does heaven exist? And other delicious questions
#TascaD'Almerita
#Regaleali
#CertaWineTour

Does heaven exist? And other delicious questions

Before we know it, we’re being taught how to milk the sheep, and make the milk into ricotta.

Culinary / Cultural encounter: Il Borgo del Balsamico
#CulinaryEncoutner
#IlBorgoDelBalsamico

Culinary / Cultural encounter: Il Borgo del Balsamico

We jumped at the chance to test our fusion-ness, dipping dumplings into Il Borgo del Balsamico Balsamic Vinegars.

Culinary / Cultural encounter: Testa Conserve
#CulinaryEncoutner
#TestaConserve

Culinary / Cultural encounter: Testa Conserve

We took the chance to challenge this complex concept, holding chopsticks and matching Testa's Bluefin tuna fillets with some local flavours. ⁣

Summer in Sicily: Sallier de La Tour
#TascaD'Almerita
#SallierDeLaTour

Summer in Sicily: Sallier de La Tour

Ian had travelled across Italy exploring Tasca estates over the last two summers. He shares some of his favourite wine memories of Sallier de La Tour, a hour ride from Palermo. 

Summer in Sicily: Tenuta Whitaker
#TascaD'Almerita
#Whitaker

Summer in Sicily: Tenuta Whitaker

Ian had travelled across Italy exploring Tasca estates over the last two summers. He shares some of his favourite wine memories of Whitaker on Mozia island. 

Antonio Mattei & the Cantucci factory
#AntonioMattei

Antonio Mattei & the Cantucci factory

The small town of Prato, just a short train ride from Florence, is home to the charming and original home of Mattei biscuits, in business since 1858. Antonio Mattei started the business and it remains in family hands today, celebrated for their delicious artisanal, handmade biscuits.

Regaleali Land
#Regaleali
#TascaD'Almerita

Regaleali Land

‘We’re not in the south of Italy - we’re in the north of Africa’. It's a remarkable reminder from Corrado, the winemaker at Regaleali, of Sicily's unique geographical location, less than 100 miles away from Tunisia.

Trippin’ With Margarita Forés In The Heart Of Southern Italy
#Regaleali
#MargaritaForés

Trippin’ With Margarita Forés In The Heart Of Southern Italy

The country’s most internationally acclaimed chef visits the Tenuta Regaleali estate for My Italy to discover what’s cooking inside the Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School.

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Justin Chen
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Justin Chen

Wine educator
Chris Dwyer
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Chris Dwyer

Luxury travel and food writer
Massimo Petovello
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Massimo Petovello

Mixologist
Ian Wong
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Ian Wong

Co-Founder of Cork Culture
Janice Leung Hayes
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Janice Leung Hayes

Food writer
Shy Perez-Sala
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Shy Perez-Sala

Travel designer
Gabriele Grazi
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Gabriele Grazi

Director of Sales at Podere Le Ripi
Certa Team
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Certa Team

Forever curious
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