Category Archive: Tuscany / Toscana

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

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

A Visit To Montevertine

There are few places in the wine world that can be as uninspiring as a barrel cellar; let’s face it, the barrel cellar is the purgatory of the winery – too far removed… Continue reading

The Butcher, The Baker and The Flaccianello Maker – A trip to Dario Cecchini and Fontodi in Panzano

I had forgotten how small the village was. That was my overridding thought when we arrived in Panzano, my base for a week during my recent visit to Italy. For a village that… Continue reading

Winegeekery In Panzano With The Aid Of Alessandro Masnaghetti

Winegeekery – noun; obsessive interest in or enthusiasm for wine. Ever one to indulge in a bit of winegeekery, after a morning espresso in the cafe on the main square in Panzano, I… Continue reading

Exploring Biodynamic Wine – A Visit To Tenuta Di Valgiano

It seemed like a great idea at the time to traverse the mountains from Pietrasanta to Valgiano in my search for quest to learn more about biodynamic wine. As the weather closed in… Continue reading

Picture Perfect Italy

Having just returned from a three week trip in Italy with stops in Milan, Camogli and Verona, not to mention many days in Tuscany with visits to Tenuta di Valgiano, Querciabella, Fontodi, Montevertine… Continue reading

The Vine Inspiration Gets A Makeover

Having returned from a two week trip to Italy where lots of good wine was consumed, The Vine Inspiration is getting a bit of a makeover. The reason for the makeover is really… Continue reading

The Winemaker’s Choice – La Scelta Del Vignaiolo

To date in my own search for terroir driven wine producers in Italy, I’ve focussed mainly on the opinions of critics, bloggers and wine guides. Sometimes, as with the Slow Wine Guide, you… Continue reading