to the Winefriend website which reflects my independent engagement with the places, people and wines of Italy and France and hosts a blog which deals with any wine-related subject. The aim is to deepen my understanding of this remarkable subject and to share that with you – with a glass of wine in hand of course.
|Club Paten Prize 2014
After last year’s Champagne prize (click here) I was delighted to receive another award on completing my WSET Diploma: a wine trip to Germany awaits.
|Tuscan harvest watch
For a third season, during the harvest of 2013 growers from wineries in key Tuscan regions made regular reports with pictures on what has proved to be another demanding year. It has been a difficult but ultimately rewarding year. Read the reports in English or Italian. Also available are 2012 and 2011
My long term project is to research and write up the elusive subject of Sangiovese in its various expressions. If like Pinot Noir it is highly responsive to where it is planted, then how does it turn out in Montalcino, Chianti, Scansano and the other central Italian regions? And what happens when you plant it in Australia, California and Argentina? Watch this space as this project unfolds … In addition to my Tuscan pages, a recent visit to Romagna and a review of Sangiovese in the UK are a modest start.
Romagna for its take on Sangiovese, San Gimignano, Chianti and Super Tuscans in Barberino Val d’Elsa, Montepulciano, Montalcino, fizz in Franciacorta and Prosecco, whites and reds in Friuli, variety in Roussillon …
Andover Wine Friends
Back in Hampshire Janet and I run AWF with a themed tasting and a fine wine supper each month. Read more
Page updated January 2014