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Justin Chen

Wine educator

Justin is a super Italian wine lover, Italian wine specialist and wine educator. He has a wide range of wine-related qualifications, including WSET Diploma and WSET Certified Educator, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador and VIA Certified Italian Wine Educator, Wine Scholar Guild Italian Wine Scholar (Highest Honors), Knight of Truffle and Wine of Alba. Justin is also a wine judge of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition.

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Drink with Certa #6: Di Majo Norante's Tintilia
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Drink with Certa #6: Di Majo Norante's Tintilia

The Tintilia vine is scarcely diffused and little cultivated in Italy. However, this does not apply to Molise, the only region in which a specific DOC has been dedicated to Tintilia wine. Di Majo Norante honors this ancient native Molise vine, making it pure.

Drink with Certa #7: Cavalleri's Blanc de Blancs
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Drink with Certa #7: Cavalleri's Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs Nature is the proud expression of all Cavalleri's experimental research in the past ten years. 

Drink with Certa #8: Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino's Chianti Classico
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Drink with Certa #8: Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino's Chianti Classico

This Chianti Classico DOCG of the Carpineta Fontalpino company best represents the traditions of the places where this production reality was born.

Drink with Certa #9: Di Majo Norante's Greco
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Drink with Certa #9: Di Majo Norante's Greco

According to Aristotle, the "Greek" grape comes from Thessaly. What is certain is that it has very remote origins. Cato, Varro and Virgilio also praised this grape, distinguishing even five clones. The experience of the Di Majo Norante winery ensures that a very good Greco is produced, one of the best in its class.

Drink with Certa #10: Boffalora's Umo and Pietrisco
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Drink with Certa #10: Boffalora's Umo and Pietrisco

Do you like Nebbiolo? It is one of most prestigious and noble red grape varieties in Italy, which is used for producing two of Italy’s greatest wines – Barolo and Barbaresco. However, Nebbiolo is not limited only to Piemonte, its wines are also produced in neighbouring Lombardia lies in the central party of northern Italy. 

Drink with Certa #11: Pievalta's Tre Ripe
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Drink with Certa #11: Pievalta's Tre Ripe

Tre Ripe in local language means “side”, the side of a hill. Pievalta owns 3 vineyards in 3
different places: Maiolati Spontini, Montecarotto and Monte Follonica. Three sides, two valleys, different soils and altitudes. 

Drink with Certa #5: Marsala, the hidden gem of Sicily
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Drink with Certa #5: Marsala, the hidden gem of Sicily

Justin guides our through the discovery of Marsala, a fortified wine produced in the region surrounding the town of Marsala, located on Sicilia’s western tip. 

Drink with Certa #4: La Colombera Il Montino 2018
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Drink with Certa #4: La Colombera Il Montino 2018

Justin shares his thoughts about La Colombera's Il Montino, made from Timorasso, an incredibly underestimated grape that now is one of the protagonists of the Tortonese area. 

Drink with Certa #3: Mosnel Brut Nature
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Drink with Certa #3: Mosnel Brut Nature

Justin shares his thoughts about Mosnel's Franciacorta Brut Nature, made solely from organically-grown grapes pays homage to the quintessence of the vineyard and to the utter harmony of nature’s components.

Drink with Certa #2: Poliziano Vin Santo di Montepulciano
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Drink with Certa #2: Poliziano Vin Santo di Montepulciano

Justin celebrates Mid Autum Festival with Poliziano's Vin Santo di Montepulciano

Drink with Certa #1: Frisino Legami Rosato
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Drink with Certa #1: Frisino Legami Rosato

Justin shares his thoughts about Frisino's Rosato made from 100% Primitivo, one of the signature native grapes from Puglia.

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
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Frisino Minutolo IGP Puglia 2019

Justin shares his thoughts about Frisino Minutolo IGP Puglia 2019.

Cavalleri Franciacorta Brut Blanc de Blancs
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Cavalleri Franciacorta Brut Blanc de Blancs

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

Manuel Marinacci Barbaresco Riserva 2015
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Manuel Marinacci Barbaresco Riserva 2015

Justin shares his thoughts about Manuel Marinacci Barbaresco Riserva 2015

Podere le Ripi Sogni & Follia Rosso di Montalcino 2015
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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

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

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

Riecine Palmina Rosé Toscana IGT 2019
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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.

Mosnel Franciacorta Brut Rosé
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#Franciacorta

Mosnel Franciacorta Brut Rosé

Justin shares his thoughts about Mosnel Franciacorta Brut Rosé.

Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta Toscana Bianco IGT 2019
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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".

Fenocchio Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
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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.

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