Mike K - Fontodi terrecota I’ve said it before, but fell for it again…don’t trust the sat nav. We made our way to the Tuscan hinterland and the charming little village of Panzano in time for dinner. We were due a few hours earlier…as I say; trust the map and one’s own cartography skills. The sun sets late here. You eat at 8.30, while there’s ... read more >
Peter Scudamore-Smith - Stories about Italy  France - May 12 I am constantly asked for recommendations on wine travel destinations, more so on the specifics to which I would need to become a fulltime travel agent and guide to make any headway or commercial sense. There is no doubt that the best way to fully understand the intricacies of wine and the concept of terroir, you need to travel the ... read more >
Monte Antico label When you have been in the wine trade long enough, in my case 30 years, there are certain wines that you follow as benchmarks; a sort of palate calibration that you undergo every year (vintage) as an imperative to get a bearing and setting a course into an ocean of wines to be tasted. ... read more >
Riecine Rose 2008 Chianti, Tuscany With onset of the southern hemisphere summer the mood in this half of the world is swinging towards fresh, crisp whites and rose. The surge in popularity of rose is underpinned by the increasing number of genuine wines made in a drier style moreover, from dedicated vineyards and undergoing brief skin contact to achieve their colour, as opposed to just ... read more >
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The Idyllic Villa Picelle, Azienda Agricole Fontodi A hankering for the flavors of Chianti has Curtis Marsh planning a trip. In the meantime, he makes do in Wellington Street. The best laid plans. Everything was set for the archetypal autumn holiday in Italy, two weeks in the heart of Tuscany luxuriating in the 18th-century Villa Pecille, in an idyllic vineyard panorama on the Chianti Azienda (estate) Fontodi, ... read more >
Billaud Simon Chablis vineyards frost This is the first in a series of Singapore wine dinners featuring producers that are at the top of their game, consistently making excellent wine that you can simply rely on and enjoy, regardless of vintage. There is a common thread between these producers - they will be owner-winemaker artisan-sized vineyards, generally using organic and biodynamic growing methods with un-irrigated ... read more >