Category Archive: Italy

Arianna Occhipinti Grotte Alte Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010

  This is my synthesis of Sicily That’s how Arianna Occhipinti describes Grotte Alte, her Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico. The wine spends 40 days on skins and 4 years in 25HL slavonian oak. While… Continue reading

COS In Colour

There have been two constants in my life over the past fortnight – COS Frappato and Jamie XX’s new album: In Colour. And both will make your summer immeasurably better! For some reason, COS… Continue reading

Order The Giuseppe Rinaldi!

It’s one of the wine rules I live by. If there’s a Giuseppe Rinaldi wine on the list just order it. Of course, if the list is stocked with old Barolo, following my… Continue reading

Italian Wine In The White House

It’s ingrained on every Irish kid’s memory – the smoked Irish salmon stuffed in your suitcase as a present to your host family in Europe during a cultural exchange. When the French kids… Continue reading

Monteraponi Wine Dinner in Il Vicoletto

In what must surely rank as the most overdue blog post of all time, I’m finally getting around to writing about a last year’s Monteraponi wine dinner in Il Vicoletto, Temple Bar, Dublin. The… Continue reading

The Forgotten Few – Wines of 2014

It’s the most wonderful navel-gazing time of the year. A time where wine bloggers and journalists the world over list their favourite wines of the past 12 months. Yawn. So instead this year, I… Continue reading

My Wine Weekend – Cristiano Guttarolo, Riecine, Bartolo Mascarello & ArPePe

People often quip that I’m a bit of a ‘supermarket wine basher’. I’m searching for exciting and delicious wines and, with few exceptions, I’ve yet to find these in a supermarket. Complexity is… Continue reading

Barolo Tastes, Beer Pockets and Some Fantastic 2010 Barolos

I have Barolo tastes but beer pockets. It’s a big problem, particularly for the 2010 vintage, whose long cool growing season has critics salivating over its classic wines. Indeed, Antonio Galloni of Vinous has described 2010 as… Continue reading

Azienda Agricola COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2011

I could dedicate an entire website to COS and Arianna Occhipinti such is my love for their wines. One of my most recent purchases was a few bottles of Arianna’s Grotte Alte Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010.… Continue reading

A Wine Afternoon In London – ArPePe Rosso di Valtellina 2012

With visits to Duck Soup and Sager + Wilde, I think it’s safe to say that I had a fun wine-filled afternoon in London last Sunday. Among the delights were Lapierre Morgon 2012 and Antinori… Continue reading