Welcome …

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.

What’s new?

Janet concentrating

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.

Recent tweets

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

Sangiovese project

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.

old vintages
I Balzini vineyards

Other visits

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 14 April 2014

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13 Responses to “Home”

  • Costanza:

    You reports are so interesting, so independent and so unusual!
    One of the best is around Tuscan Maremma… Come back again!
    Costanza

  • Jiayi WEI:

    Great blog, very helpful in learning about Italian wines, especially with an updated info.

  • Wonderful website and congrats on the scholarship and all your accomplishments. So nice to reconnect and look forward to your visit to Umbria again. Just watched the film, Bottle Shock again..I am sure you have seen it..brilliant true story..

  • winefriend:

    Ciao Patrizia – sadly I will miss the Wines of Sicily tasting this year but I look forward to come to Sicilia as soon as possible. I have been a few times for the archeology, the wild flowers and the amazing food but it is time for some proper wine trips.
    a presto
    David

  • Ciao David,
    your website is very interesting but….no sicilian wines news! Have you ever been to Sicily ? It is a pity you cannot visit us at the “Wines of Sicily tasting” next October 2nd in London..it would have been the opportunity to know better and enjoy some very interesting wines , our Spumante brut Luna y Sol, for example!
    Hopping to meet you again, maybe during a trip to Sicily wineries..why not? Ciao a presto
    Patrizia

  • Stephen Povey:

    Dear David,
    Just a quick note to say lovely to meet you yesterday at the tasting( i was the guy asking about your notebook!I had a wonderful time ,its not often i get the chance to taste such great wines. Hope to see you again.
    Regards Steve Povey.

  • winefriend:

    Thank you, Costanza – it was a fascinating trip and there will be more pages over the next couple of weeks.
    To the next time in Tuscany!
    David

  • Costanza:

    Hallo David!
    Your website is always fantastic, and your news about Puglia very interesting.
    Thank you
    Costanza

  • John Barker:

    Haven’t written before until I had read all about the Sancerre trip – thanks so much for including all the details that are so interesting – I only wish that I could write in such a positive and interesting style – many congratulations! If you and Janet come up to town I’d be only to delighted to lunch you at my club (3 minutes from Embankment/Charing Cross stations). Can promise drinkable wine, but not up to the standards that we would like to become accustomed!

  • winefriend:

    Chris – I would love the principal pages to be in French too, especially I am developing the French regions pages at the moment. I need a helping hand!
    David

  • Christine THOMELIN:

    I’ve just had a look at your very interesting website. Why is it written in English and Italian only? I would be ready to translate it from English to French !

  • winefriend:

    thanks Costanza – sto lavorando su una versione italiana con l’assistente italiana adesso … forgive my Italian mistakes as well!
    A presto
    David

  • Costanza:

    Writing from Massa Marittima, in the Tuscan Maremma, i’ve enjoied reading about our special wines and how is fantastic tasting, eating, drinking in company of friends.
    See you again!
    (Perdonate i miei errori in Inglese. Ciao)

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