Tuscan Reveries
Chianti Vineyard, Italy

Away from the legions of tourists and frantic pace of florence, Curtis Marsh discovers the tranquillity of the medieval village of Panzano. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico, it‘s the perfect base for vineyard touring and gastronomic indulgence all year round.

Visitors to Tuscany typically fall in love with the region. Instantly. It is easy to fall under the enchantment of the idyllic Tuscan countryside, with vineyards and olive groves, sylvan hills and sinuous valleys dotted with picturesque medieval villages. The latter typically comes complete with ancient castles, villas, church or monastery, all steeped in feudal history while exemplifying the splendour of the Italian Renaissance.

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Fit for a Queen
Mount Horrocks Cellar Door

New Zealand, French and Australian wines appeared at the table of a recent royal birthday party. Curtis Marsh goes behind the scenes.?

Queen Elizabeth II officially celebrated her Birthday on June 17th, although you would hardly identify Her Majesty as an octogenarian, with her ageless demeanor and commanding charisma. In her Birthday address, the Queen quoted Groucho Marks, “Anyone can get old – all you have to do is live long enough”.

The Royal event was celebrated with a four-course lunch at Mansion House, in which top Chefs from all over England had competed in a BBC show to design the menu, presenting dishes that were then voted on by the public.

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