Pizza and sparkling wine

Mountain Bubbles with a Tannic Finish #ItalianFWT

Northeast Italy is possibly the most unusual part of an already very unusual country. The peoples often have more in common historically, culturally, gastronomically and viticulturally with their Slavic and Germanic neighbours than with the rest of the Italian peninsula. The viticulture, by the way, is extreme, influenced, as it is, by that glorious spur…Continue reading Mountain Bubbles with a Tannic Finish #ItalianFWT

Timballo Abruzzese - alongside assorted other goodies

Abruzzo: the Italian Destination You Should Be Looking For

Abruzzo: Still Untravelled Goodness, how I love Italy. It doesn’t matter where you go – from the most touristed spots to the completely untravelled corners – there is always a surprise, good food, and wonderful people. Speaking of untravelled corners, I was recently in Abruzzo. It was my first time there, in fact – a…Continue reading Abruzzo: the Italian Destination You Should Be Looking For

Germany Vintage 2018 – with a focus on Riesling

The VDP had its annual Weinbörse at the prosaically-named Rheingoldhalle in Mainz a few weeks ago. Two days presenting the 2018 vintage (plus selected other wines from previous vintages) to a trade public. The event is always enjoyable, well-organised and a good opportunity to taste a broad cross-section of wines from Germany from many top…Continue reading Germany Vintage 2018 – with a focus on Riesling