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

When Sangiovese Meets The Snail – Slow Wine Italy

So after having a bit of a rant about terroir, oak and sense of place in wines last week, how am I going to help you find artisan producers who strive to also… Continue reading

A Visit To Castello Di Potentino In Tuscany

Without doubt, one of the best wine discoveries of 2012 for me were the wines of Castello Di Potentino. Nestled at the foothills of Monte Amiata, lies the estate run by Alexander Greene… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos and La Bota de Manzanilla No. 32 “Navazos”

One of the things that first attracted me to sherry, apart from its delicious taste, was its method of production. Something about the solera system and the fact that in every bottle of… Continue reading

Sherry Bottling Dates and Tio Pepe Fino En Rama

With my increased fizz drinking of late, something had to give and since I was determined that it wasn’t going to be my liver, my sherry consumption has taken a bit of a… Continue reading

Choice Champagnes – The Best Bubbles of 2012

Thanks to a glut of recent celebratory occasions and the discovery of some quirky Champagne bars while travelling, I’ve probably consumed more Champagne in the past year than in the rest of my… Continue reading

New Season’s Olive Oil Showdown 2012

It’s end of year awards season at the moment with every newspaper, blog and magazine under the sun listing their best wines of the year for 2012. Although many producers may covet inclusion… Continue reading

Beautiful Brunello Di Montalcino Part Two – A Tasting at Col d’Orcia

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally got a chance to post about some of the wines that I tasted during my visit to Col d’Orcia in October. We were shown around the… Continue reading

Beautiful Brunello di Montalcino – A Visit To Col d’Orcia

I’ve written in these pages before that Brunello di Montalcino is a luxury purchase for me. It’s expensive and much like Barolo, good Brunello takes years of cellaring to realise its true potential… Continue reading

Picture Perfect Tuscany Part 2

To further whet the appetite for my upcoming blog posts on my visits at Castello di Potentino and Col d’Orcia, here is another installment of wine photos from my recent trip to Tuscany.… Continue reading