Category Italian Wine

Prosecco – a mini blind tasting

This can all end in tears, fortunately it didn’t (this time).  I was passing an Aldi on Thursday and decided it was high time that I gave their Valdobbiadene Prosecco a go, Danillo had just given me a bottle of one one that he is importing (Just So Italian – not on his website yet) […]

Maremma Tasting

Monday 22nd July 7pm Val di Toro, Maremma Lat. 42.7254 Lon. 11.19653 A relaxed tasting of the estate’s Vermentino, Rosato and Morellino di Scansano wines with owners Hugh and Anna-Maria Maxwell.  This winery is a very new venture, the first vintage was the 2006, since then a Vermentino and Rosato have also been introduced, all […]

Case Bianche. Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Classic garnet Cabernet with cedar and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of cinnamon, star anise and strawberry ice cream on the nose. Confident dark berry fruit with subtle elements of cigar box, leather and cassis. An unforced old school wine, low on alcohol, high on style. 12%

Week 27 Calendar

Refosco and Puglia week (a bit of cricket too if the weather improves) Monday: Emma and I are in and out all day, there will be someone in until at least 4:30 though. (Sally is here too helping us catch up with web images) Tuesday: Hopefully I will be out all day playing cricket and […]


I am about to sent the Valpanera offer out to our email newsletter list, this is just a little more information on Refosco. Refosco is an ancient dark-skinned red grape found in the Friuli (Italy), western Slovenia and the Istria (Croatia). Historically it was used to make simple table wines, but new ideas and a […]

Decanter World Wine Awards

OK, I am not that excited about how well Casali have done, but that’s not really the point. I want to share Decanter’s wording with you, you may find it fair and accurate, personally I believe the English wine trade has a lot to be modest about and find the statement absurd. (ps. we didn’t […]

The Real Wine Tasting

A motley collection of wines held together by good intentions, which is as robust an umbrella as is needed, though should a hard wind of definition hit the event it may leave the spokes bare, but probably intact. Enough waffle, it was a really good tasting and if the temperature hadn’t climbed toward the end […]