Category Archive: Italy

St. Patrick’s Day 2014 – A day of great bottles

There really isn’t anything unusual about an Irishman celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but I like to think that since we share names, I have more right to indulge on this day than most.… Continue reading

Valli Unite – Ottavio Rube Vino Rosso

“Are these the actual hands that made the wine?” It was a rhetorical question. In the way that any comment on Instagram could even jokingly be considered as rhetorical. I used to mock… Continue reading

Most Enjoyable Wines of 2013 – Proprietà Sperino Costa della Sesia ‘Uvaggio’ 2010

This is the last in my series of posts on the most enjoyable wines of 2013 and technically I’m cheating since I really only got to grips with this wine in 2014. Why?… Continue reading

Most Enjoyable Wines of 2013 – A Tale of Two Valpolicellas: Quintarelli and Bussola

A couple of the more memorable ‘wining’ experiences of 2013 came during my visit to Verona. On successive nights in the city of fair Romeo and Juliet, I set out to sample some… Continue reading

Sparkling Wine for New Year’s Eve – SO Prosecco

Let’s face it – a lot of Prosecco is bland and uninteresting. Its image has suffered in recent years with the market flooded with drab swill, with little to whet the appetite of… Continue reading

Most Enjoyable Wines of 2013 – Santa Caterina Colli di Luni Vermentino 2011

As the curtain begins to draw on 2013, we’ll soon be inundated with awards, lists, top-10s and yet more awards for the best wines of the year. Having found this to be a… Continue reading

Sesti Brunello Di Montalcino 2001 at Hawksmoor

London…..Handford Wines…..Sesti Brunello di Montalcino 2001…..Hawksmoor…..BYO £5 corkage on Mondays…..decanted…..bone marrow and onions…..tuts from disapproving neighbouring diners…..juicy t-bone…..beef dripping chips…..delicious Sangiovese…..still many good years ahead of it…..espresso…..Gelupo…..home. Do you need me to fill… Continue reading

Exploring Biodynamic Wine – ‘Monty Waldin’s Best Biodynamic Wines’ Book

I’ve said before that “in the kingdom of the biodynamically blind, the man who has read Monty Waldin’s book is biodynamic king”. The book I was referring to at the time was  “Biodynamic… Continue reading

The Kings Of Lucca – Olive Oil From Tenuta Di Valgiano and Bistro One

Don’t worry; I’m not going to prattle on about olive oil again until the new season’s oil is released later in the year but it would be remiss of me not to mention… Continue reading

Horses, Women and Art – Montevertine’s Le Pergole Torte

No, no, no – get those images of Lady Godiva out of your head! This post about Montevertine’s Le Pergole Torte is far less salacious. One of the key takeaways of my visit… Continue reading