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    A great time of year to be in South Africa looking at how wet and miserable it is here. I think that South African Chenin Blanc is hugely under-rated even at entry level. About 10 days ago we bought some of a limited parcel of 2016 DMZ (Demorgenzon) Chenin Blanc at less than £10 a bottle and opened a bottle with Chinese food on Saturday night – it was a sublime match and though the table was split between whether this or an Alsace gewürztraminer was the best match, my vote was for the Chenin Blanc.

    I was not put off by trying a Porcupine Ridge example a few days earlier – yuk! The two wines were as different as chalk and cheese!



    Sounds like a great tasting!

    I absolutely approve of the principle of drinking great wines at a birthday bash.

    I recognise the white burgundy as a former Caviste wine and the last bottle we had was fabulous too!

  • Nikolai:

    Lovely write-up, and really insightful comments. In artisanal part, I’d also have mentioned Filippi Castalberti 2006 (17%) for which my tasting notes read: “The real deal. Buckets of dry, dark raisined fruit. Sweetness that specifically tastes dry. This is exactly how I’d imagine the ideal Amarone. 99pts.”

    Hope we can taste again soon!

  • Catherine Jack:

    Really good article giving recommendations like a perfect sommelier would but more to the point very informative to the ones who do not know the area in detail. Thank you David

  • Rob Rushmer:

    Thank you David, super evening with lovely wines; even if a little cool at 8pm on the the 26th of July!!!

  • Ken Vivian:

    It is clearly time to open my remaining bottle of 2003 Tenuta Rocca
    Barolo – useful information.

    Judging by the photo, Rob could do with a little more natural insulation like Julie and I!

  • winefriend:

    Thanks Norbert. It could be either as I am sure you know as the Candia version is widely planted in central Italy while the Bianca Lunga is much planted in Tuscany where Parmaletto are to be found. And there is not a huge difference in taste – broadly quite neutral and high in alcohol. Parmaletto don’t have a a website either … so I will ask them (to see if they know!) when I see them next.

  • Norbert Tischelmayer:

    What kind is the “Malvasia Bianca”- Malvasia Bianca Lunga or Malvasia Bianca di Candia?

    Thanks for the answer

  • […] more detail and lots more pictures, see and click through the ‘postcards’ from individual […]

  • winefriend:

    We are booked in for lunch at d’Arenberg. Looking forward to it!

  • Alex:

    I hope you are having lunch at d’Arenberg! That’s a very do-able schedule you’ve got there so you might find you can fit in another couple of wineries as you go. Have a great time and hopefully our weather stays lovely for you!

  • winefriend:

    That sounds great. Enjoy your Christmas wines!

  • AJ La Course:

    We visited Balzini vineyard this past October as part of a Tuscan tour. They have a lovely setting that pictures don’t capture the area’s beauty. Their son-in-law gave us a detailed tour & we had a delicious al fresco lunch & tasting. Get on their email list for ability to purchase wines, their own olive oil & balsamic. My mixed case of wine arrived just days after we returned. Being Christmas Eve today, I just pulled a white label for tonight’s dinner.

  • winefriend:

    They give their email address as:

    Happy hunting!

  • Dear WineFriend,
    Can you provide email contact to get in touch with the winery? I slso have a small wholesale wine distributor company in MA, as well as a wine-centric retail operations and would love to import, or buy from an existing U.S. source the La Colombia wines. Thank you!

  • winefriend:

    Thanks, this will be a big fruity wine from the southern region of Puglia. Unlikely to be expensive but should be a satisfying glass!

  • mikey:

    My friend gave me a conti neri negroamano (solento) wine. Can u please give me some info about this and how much does it cost. thanks

  • winefriend:

    Thanks for the question. The wine comes from a winery in the hills near Pisa called Fattoria di Campigiana and the owner or founder was Edo Beconcini – I don’t know if there is a connection with the Beconcini family I wrote about. The wine itself is a pretty modest appellation (just ‘Chianti’) and the prices for current wines are low. So I would not expect great things – but you never know, you might have a pleasant surprise!

  • Andy Hunt:

    I have a bottle of Chianti, 1995 vintage.
    The label reads Fattoria di Campigiana and Beconcini Edo.
    Can you tell me anything about the wine?

  • Clifford:

    Hey Mike D’Ambra, check wines till sold out, . They offer free shipping and that’s how I found out about this wine. I love I Balzini!! WTSO has had several vintages in the White and Black labels. Sometimes even if they do not have them as the present offer, you can email them to see if they have it in stock. Cheers!

  • winefriend:

    Thanks, Mark and I am glad to hear how much you like the I Balzini wines, as I do. I don’t know the details of their availability in the States but have you tried searching for the on Best wishes

  • Mike D'Ambra:

    I am in Kissimmee Florida. looking for a local place to buy I Balzini wines. It is my favorite and buying on line gets expensive with the shipping

  • terry:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Nino Franco, at the recent Product Consultant’s Conference held in Toronto, Ontario. Can’t wait to share your products.

  • Wonderful article and photos..what a special experience for you both.!!!!

  • You have got a real talent for writing. Totally enjoyed reading this.

  • winefriend:

    Dissappointing lack of small village at this property too!

  • Lefty:

    But it’s not a white horse, David.

  • Marc Malkovsky:

    Thank you very much for that feedback. I am going to try and see how I can get ahold of some.

    Also, thank you for the kind comment

  • winefriend:

    Thank you Marc and I agree with your enthusiasm for Dei’s wines! It would indeed be good to celebrate with them. I suggest you contact the winery and ask them where there nearest distributor is to you. They might be able to help. Here is the page you need: All the very best for the birth of your first child!!

  • Marc Malkovsky:

    Good morning, hope all is well. I wanted to contact some one to try and get ahold of Dei Wines. They are always sold out online and I would like to have some shipped to the United States.

    My wife and I went to Tuscany for our honey moon last year and abs. loved DEI winery. We have not been able to get a hold of it at all.

    My wife is having our first child soon and has not drank for 10 months. We love our wine and what a pleasant surprise it would be if I could get ahold of some of these wines. Any information would be fantastic.

    Thank you very much,


  • winefriend:

    Ah, yes, the aged Scottish rosé legend lives on!

  • John Peirce:

    When it comes to ‘old pinkies’, I thought Ken V was better known for his ‘Scottish play’ – and I don’t mean MacBeth!

  • winefriend:

    That will be really interesting. Any time in the next few years but if kept for some years in a relatively warm place, sooner rather than later!

  • Ken Vivian:

    Very interested to see that these wines can age and presumably this reflects excellent wine making together with additional weight/complexity! I have a bottle of 2007 Chateau D’Aqueria (Tavel from BBR) and wondered if you would recommend drinking now or waiting for the full 10 year experience?

  • winefriend:

    Thanks Graham. On your question cement is regarded as neutral as:

    1. Its bulk contributes to a stable temperature which is ideal for ageing;

    2. It is normally lined with food-grade paint, resin or glass. So it is basically impermeable, unlike small barrels.

    Having been seen as old-fashioned for years it is suddenly all the rage sgain!

  • Ken Vivian:

    I love CDP but don’t drink it as often as I should. Mature Beaucastel is a real treat and a must for special occasions.

    I was surprised that Catherine would drink with boeuf bourgignon. I thought the convention was to put one bottle of DRC in the dish and drink another with it!

  • graham darrah:

    Liked your article. Does cement really make a neutral container?

  • Lefty:

    Only five?

  • Catherine Jack:

    My favourite wine – A MUST with a good mature cheese or boeuf bourguignon

  • winefriend:

    Thanks for being in touch. I am sure you will have a great time in Bolgheri. In the town itself it is really worth visiting the Castello di Bolgheri for a tasting. You can book by ringing +39 0565­762110. Then you can eat next door in the remarkable Enoteca Tognoni (wine bar and wine shop) which has amazing wines by the glass and the bottle, with very good food. And of course there are lots of good restaurants in the town too. Have a good visit.

  • A j:

    Hello how are u , can u p,s inform me Which wineary we can have tasting and lunch and diners ?

  • winefriend:

    Thanks, Jamie – I wish you a real success with these wines as I think they are really outstanding!

  • Hi David – we have just imported the wines from Stony Brook and have them available in the UK. Glad to see that you liked them as much as we did!

  • winefriend:

    Grazie tanto. Sono d’accordo con te!

  • Adoro il vino! Dalle mie parti una tavola senza il vino non la si può considerare tale. Complimenti per il blog.

  • winefriend:

    Thanks Jeffrey – you will have a great time! My favourite winery just outside Pitigliano is Sassotondo who make great wine and are wonderful people. You can contact them via their website or you can read my write up here. The stupendously beautiful Le Mortelle nearer the coast is really worth a visit. In Umbria the top names include Lungarotti and Arnaldo-Caprai. Have a great trip.

  • Jeffrey Brown:

    I will be in Pitigliano and Orvieto mid sept and was hoping you might be able to provide some information on where to buy some of the best red wines of the region or nearby regions to drink now and for my cellar. also places for wine tastings.
    thank you

  • Greg:

    Hi Stephanie,

    If you are in Mass or Connecticut I can lead you to a store that may carry this wine. I work for the importer in New England.


  • winefriend:

    Thanks – I don’t believe that it is available in California though I am sure they would love to find an importer. But there must be plenty of other good Puglian wines to try.

  • Joan Kuhtz:

    Simposio, Brindisi Rosato DOC, 2011 Where can I purchase this wine? I am in central California area

  • winefriend:

    Great wines! I am sure they would be interested if you email them via their website.

  • Jessica Ferguson:

    Do you know if there are any US importers or how to get in touch with the winery? I run a small wholesale wine distributor company in the US and previously sold the La Colombina Rosso di Montalcino (2000 and 2002 vintages) and need to order more! Thanks!!

  • Costanza:

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

  • Stafford Trendall:

    A brilliant report David. I’ve now told the story to several Caviste customers all of whom have been fascinated by the tale.

  • winefriend:

    thank you Eva – I really enjoyed your wines – especially the Sangiovese – and would love to come and visit you. I will be in Tuscany in early September and may be able to come and visit then. Alla prossima volta in Toscana!

  • Dear winelover Friends, thanks for your wonderful words regarding us and our Tuscan wines! We are looking forward to guest you at the winery, please come soon!
    Cheers Eva&Leonardo Beconcini #pietrobeconcini

  • consuelo:

    Grazie per la informazione, molto interessante!

  • winefriend:

    I agree – I am really looking forward to going to all the other Piemonte regions and adding pages on their wines; the Langhe should not get all the glory!

  • Luciano:

    dears !!! what about another Nebiolo: Gattinara for example with excelent cellars like Travaglini, Nervi or Antoniolo

  • Luciano:

    excelent wine Cantele Alticelle Aglianico, very good taste… 89 pionts

  • Mary armstrong:

    I am a student studing the different kind wine for a class assignment, and I found the this was vey helpful in doing my paper for school. Thank you for all the great info.

  • winefriend:

    Many thanks Craig – the difference of climate is clearly reflected in the glass. All the best for this year’s production!

  • Sorry for only responding now, I’ve only just seen your reply.

    We’re at about 275 metres above sea-level. The difference in temperature between us and Franschhoek town is massive – often in excess of 5 degrees Celsius. We have cool winds off the north-facing slopes, and much more rain than most of the valley; usually more than 2m of rain per annum.

    Our maceration times depend purely on the grapes. Our Cabernet Sauvignon often spends a week on the skins before fermentation (cold soak), while the Rhone varieties usually require less extraction.

  • 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:

    thanks Craig. As you can read, we really enjoyed the wines and thank you for the additional information. You mention the altitude – can you tell me how high you are (and if you can) how much that moderates the climate by comparison with the valley floor?

    Also I would really be interested in your maceration times …

    Congratulations on some excellent wines!

  • Hi there

    Thanks for the awesome notes on the Stony Brook wines and thank you for having our wines in your lineup! To see our wines being appreciated on the other side of the world is very exciting for us.

    With regard to our harvesting practices, we generally pick later than our Franschhoek neighbours, mainly due to our unique position and our aversion to any green flavours in our wines. Our spot in Franschhoek’s Bo Hoek region is particularly cool, allowing us to leave our red grapes on the vine for much longer than most. When it comes to deciding when to harvest, for us, it’s all about phenolic ripeness, even if the resulting wines have a higher alcohol. We use irrigation only when absolutely necessary, to avoid any loss of flavour concentration in the wines.

    I hope this has helped a little, but if you have any questions, I’m more than happy to chat on email!

    Thanks again,
    Craig McNaught

  • Rob:

    Thank you David. An accurate write-up fo a most enjoyable evening.

    Dish of the night was definitely the beef. White wine was the Campagnian: since when has southern Italy made a white that good? Comfortably the best I have ever had. Best red was the port: it cannot have been that old! Thank you David and Ian respectively, and thank you everyone for a superbly, consistently high quality (about which I have no complaints) group of generous wines.

    The service at La Trompette deserves a special mention. It was even better than last year’s two-starred establishment (and that is really saying something from how well we were looked after then).

    Only our second outing, but this must become a tradition.

    Here’s to 2014!


  • Visiting Castello Monaci | Salento all Seasons:

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  • Hello, thank you for this beautiful post. The places you visited and the way you talk about are wonderful. I hope, one day, to make the same journey. Thanks again

  • We used to go there 2 or 3 times a year when we lived in that area, so it’s good to see that Alan continues to run a top-notch establishment.

  • Catherine:

    An amazing tasting showing the full potential of ageing in Burgundy wines.

  • My dear blogger,
    I quite agree with you regarding contemporary wines seems to be made to a common recipe. I also agree with you that you can’t taste everything at a wine fair, and it’s very usual to let yourself go with the flow.
    I had the chance to attend the Wines from Spain to support my “freshly new” importer (Spaniche Wines)and I must tell you that most people were right to the point to the most popular stands.
    I can’t say the fair was not a good option because the few professionals that came around the stand enjoyed greatly the wines, which are classical fine wines.

    I take advantage to give you my web page and my FB page, so that you can have a look and see that I’m talking of very special wines (I can’t compare with Viña Tondonia, but for sure you’d have enjoyed with them too).

    I’m not looking for selling because it’s not the right place or the right moment; what I’m looking for is encouraging you and most MW to try new wines instead of those which are already popular and well known in your market. Of course, some new wines may be new and no more but others can really take you to heaven.

    Best regards,
    Estefanía Sanchez

  • Thank you so much for your nice words.
    We hope to see you again here at Le Macchiole as soon as possible.
    Ciao a tutti!

  • Stephanie:

    We were traveling in Tonnerre France recently, and purchased this wine from a Lock Keeper, we love it so much, we would like more. Can you tell me where I might find it?



  • Dear Winefriends from Andover, UK, let me say that you are very, very special to search the best, and to appreciate it completely!
    You discovered the best wines of Maremma Toscana, and other.
    So, let me know when you will come back again, so we could drink a special glass of wine together!
    See you soon

  • Humble grape stock the Pichard Arcestrale. It’s our most popular Loire red

  • Paul Gumn:

    You did not say if you finished the bottle, was it a productive day?

  • jane laborda:

    “Way to go”!!!!!ha, ha!! Is this legal David?

  • […] The cask aging cellar at Cantele (photo by Wine Friend, who also posts about a tasting at the […]

  • Lefty:

    So the Spaniards seem to have triumphed.

  • Happy to support your next Piemonte tasting, David.

  • winefriend:

    Thanks Noel – you are in the happy position of selling the wines of probably the most interesting and diverse region of Italy (whisper it softly given my commitment to Sangiovese in Tuscany). The prices on your site are really good too. Looking forward to sampling your wines before too long!

  • A great review on a much under-rated wine that sits in the shadows of its more famous cousins from the region.

    It’s pretty hard to find good Barbera in the shops in the UK, but we have several excellent examples available for delivery now, including one biodynamically produced example.

  • winefriend:

    Thank you Costanza – we must raise a glass of something bubbly soon!

  • David, this is a great day for you! And it is what you deserve.

  • winefriend:

    Hello Nana – I have had a quick look at your blog and love the range of things you write about related to Franciacorta! And you are obviously a skilful photographer too, which I really appreciate. Keep up the good work.

  • Nana:

    Hi, I’m Nana and I want to present you my blog about Franciacorta and around it. I was born and I live in Franciacorta, and on my blog I write about the life here. It would be an honor to receive your visit.

  • jane laborda:

    Well done David, those four days in Franciacorta “sparkled” admirably in winning the champagne scholarship!

  • winefriend:

    Ross – you are going to be surrounded by great vineyards and wineries on your Tuscan trip and so you will be spoiled for choice!

    Montalcino – is a town now completely dominated by the wine trade. In the town itself there are lots of places to try wines, eg Le Potazzine owns the very good café/restaurant called La Vineria and are great enthusiasts for their wine and others. They also do visits to their nearby winery. If you want a taste of old Montalcino, you have to visit the Cantina Padelletti (actually in the town) or eat at their restaurant Osteria d’altri tempi which does offer old wines by the glass at great prices – as well as a fine terrace and very good food at reasonable prices (Montalcino can be expensive).

    With regard to wineries, the first thing to say in general is that Italian wineries (with a few exceptions) are not set up for casual visitors. It is very hit and miss if you just turn up – Italians are very hospitable, but most wineries are very small scale, family businesses which gives them their charm. It is always better to contact them before hand by email or phone. Only the most popular or commercial have staff to welcome casual visitors. If you make arrangements in advance you will be very well looked after.

    For wineries any of the ones featured on my Montalcino pages would be well worth visiting. To take a contrasting pair which are both south of the town, Camigliano or Castelgiocondo are both examples of larger concerns, while La Colombina is a real family concern with outstanding wines – I am sure somebody will speak some English at the latter while the bigger two are very well equipped in that regard. You can Google these or find the websites at the top of my articles. Do mention that I recommended you.

    When you are in Siena you must of course eat at the famous Le Logge (very close to the Campo) which was founded by Gianni and Laura Brunelli and is still supervised by Laura who is sometimes in the restaurant. Laura is a very dear person and would certainly make you welcome.

    On your way to or from Volterra/Siena and Florence you could take a detour into Chianti Classico rather than taking the main road which goes through the bigger, much less interesting Chianti zone. If you do, check out my Chianti Classico pages for amazing places in Radda (eg Caparsa who have a shop and tasting in the town), Castellina, Gaiole etc.

    Romagna I know much less well but am planning a trip there this Easter to put that right. High quality wineries are much thinner on the ground as this is more inexpensive wine country – but there are exceptions. For example, it would be well worth going to Castellucio, between Faenza and Forlí, which is owned by the same family as the outstanding Podere Poggio Scalette near Greve (Chianti Classico). I met them recently at a London tasting and so can vouch for the quality of the wines.

    If I can be of more help do contact me. In the meantime, buon viaggio! You will have a great time.

  • we plan to be based in Sienna with destinations of interest including Parma, Montalcino, Volterra, and Florence.
    We have Parma and Florence figured out. Just need to identify places to taste great local wines

  • winefriend:

    Delighted to hear of the forthcoming trip. If you let me know where you are going to be based and if you have anywhere you know you want to visit, I could suggest a two day itinerary. Buon anno!

  • Hello,

    I found your site to be a wonderful source of information. We are going to
    Emilia Romagna and Tuscany for 7 days. We want to do two days of wine tastings and love Super Tuscans and Brunello.
    We love high quality wineries and spend 2-3 a year in Napa and Sonoma. This will be our first wine tour abroad.
    Can you recommend the best wines/winery tasting to participate it? We prefer going at our own speed (not a formal tasting group.tour)?

  • Happy 5th birthday!
    Andover is a special place for all Winefriends!

    In my website you can find the link to this one

  • A superb view of Massa Marittima and its best wines!
    Thank you

  • slowhand:

    marco is a special person. He is impressively linked to the tradition as well as extremely open minded towards innovations. An example for winemakers and farmers.
    visit him and his vineyards is more than reccomanded

  • christopher nunn:

    Thank you for a very clear and informative article.
    I live in s.w.france and unpatriotically l am about to buy my first
    bottle of Brunello. I have decided upon a magnum of Castelgiocondo Brunello 2007, in order to celebrate my 66th birthday.

  • Grace:

    Ciao! You have a picture of a flower which I saw when I was in Puglia in April and I have no idea what its name is but I was wondering if you do? It’s the second to last photo, number 19. The white with pink lines ones.
    Grazie mille!

  • We at Humble Grape agree – which is why we are the exclusive importers in the UK.
    We love these wines and stand behind them.
    What a wonderful piece on this fabulous small producer!


  • Jay Schloemer:

    I just discovered your site and I enjoyed the article detailing your visit to Capezzana. I did have a glass of Monna Nera in my hand as I read the article, which I later learned was one of your suggestions to enhance the experience of exploring your website.

    I will come back to visit often, very enjoyable.


    Jay Schloemer

  • Tahira Martin:

    This was a gem of a tasting! Enjoyed nearly all these wines, ably complimented by Ben’s enthusiasm and charm. Perfect write-up and reminder. Thank you, David!

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Good to see Andover getting a mention :o)

  • Enzo Zappalà:

    I completely agree with you! Marco and his wife “Tata” are fantastic persons and friends. Their wines follow the same rule: excellent!!!!
    Yours truly

  • Thanks! A beautiful description. A presto 🙂

  • Alexandre Rezende:

    Just came back from a month in Radda. Can only agree with you.
    Visited Paolo and tasted almost the same wines. The 2000 Docio really shows you what 12 years can do on a real Chianti Classico type of wine. It is a rough wine just as other purists make elsewhere in Italy but again, patience in required and rewarded when drunk with the right regional food. Even the more young ones from Paolo will go great if decanted for more then 5 hours and matched with a savory wild boar. As many good things, he is a 10,000 bottles volume and much more available to find if you have the luck to go there!

  • winefriend:

    Thanks Paul for your hospitality and for introducing us all to this amazing part of Catalonia!

  • Paul Gumn:

    Well done David, yet another excellent description of the wines we experienced, fulfilling the requirements of this amazing website. Visiting the vineyards in the way that we did is an incredible experience, being given the inside secrets as to how they arrive at the end product but for me the joy of drinking wine, is to share and experience it with good company alongside good food and this side of the equation was what made this week so enjoyable. Having experienced the vineyard, to then drink their wines in the evening alongside the excellent food served by Sander in The Presbytere, really brought out the joys of visiting this part of France. We are so lucky to be able to take advantage of this for up to half the year. Let me know when you want to return.

  • Hi
    I have just found this lovely picture of my husband Tim c

  • thank you again for your visit.

    hope to see you soon here to check the new event room in the top of wine cellar.

    best regards


  • Stafford Trendall:

    Great write up of the evening, wines (most) & company enjoyed by all. Just to mention that Wine Advocate has given Thalarn 95 points!

  • Wine lover:

    And of course not forgetting to include Umbria and Perugia in your wishlist….

  • Lefty:

    We thought that we would drink up the second bottle of the Domaine Saparale last night, as it was not that good. This bottle was betterwith less pear-drop character and a bit more body. Still not great, but we obviously opened the wrong bottle on monday.

  • winefriend:

    A very skillful photographer and great companion too!

  • Wine lover:

    Love the photos! The write up’s pretty good too…

  • winefriend:

    Thanks, Emilia – it’s a nice place to live! If you tell me which photo you are referring to, I may be able to help with the name. All the best!

  • Emilia:

    Hi! I’m an American living in Puglia and you have a photo of a flower that I have been searching for the name all morning! Actually, I see all these flowers often and am so curious… have you found the names of them? You have beautiful photos… I’ll have to explore your site now! Thanks! Emilia

  • Johanna:

    I had the pleasure of visiting this truely unique region a few months ago and as this article points out, the quality of the wine is amazing. I particularly enjoyed a Primitivo, the quality in this relatively unknown region is amazing, I found some great information on for anyone else planning to visit the region

  • winefriend:

    Italy is indeed the land of hidden treasures. What I found really unusual about Puglia is that, yes, there are great individuals making hand crafted wines – Morella or Rasciatano come to mind – but there are also large wineries producing both big volumes and some highly individual bottles. It’s not the case that only small is beautiful. But we certainly need to help UK consumers to get beyond the obvious and fall in love with the vast range of distinctive Italian wines.

  • A great review of some Southern wines. It just goes to show what hidden treasures there are in Italy if you bother to search. UK consumers only get to see a tiny proportion of the wines made in Italy because most are created by small producers who don’t or can’t export for one reason or another.

  • 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.

  • […] highlight: Visiting the Hilsberg Vineyard, eating a home cooked lunch with the vintner and following it up with one of the best meals of my […]

  • winefriend:

    That’s probably correct – but let’s not forget that red wine also contains alcohol: it can only be beneficial if we can control the amount we drink!

  • It has been proven that red wines, when being consumed, may have a number of health benefits due to the high antioxidant substance. Red wines contain certain antioxidants not found in other alcoholic beverages that offer extra health-protective effects.

  • Costanza:

    Dear friends,
    I was pleased to be part of this Tasting group and I think it was a great experience!
    I’d like to repeat, in Andover and in Italy, too.
    See you soon

  • winefriend:

    That’s tricky. You can certainly get the train to Pontassieve and then it is probably a taxi – there will be local buses but I don’t know how close thy go. It’s worth it when you get there.

  • Maria:

    I am now in Italy and planning to visit Castello Di Nipozzano this week. We are staying on Florence and wanted to see if you can suggest the best way to get there by using public transport. I hope this is possible.
    Thank you

  • Richard:

    Lovely and interesting post David and good photo!

  • Tahira:

    Love glasses too! Still on the search for a perfect antique glass of my own that doesn’t cost a fortune! These look beautiful and I love your expression ‘a certain glamorous danger’! I have some very fine delicate Laura Ashley champagne glasses that break so easily but can be reordered quick as a flash and posted home (wrapped in copious bubble wrap!). They are very feminine glasses though, as they have tiny engraved floral tendrils on them!

    Oh, and I was at Montbazillac two weeks ago, looking over the vineyards! 🙂


  • Costanza:

    I like a lot to discover Italy with you, even if I was here many years ago.
    Thank you for this special tour!

  • winefriend:

    We are having the Crémant too and can tell how it went after Saturday!

  • Tahira:

    We can’t thank the Gumns enough for introducing us to these marvellous wines and each one seemed to get better..! In choosing for our daughter’s wedding we decided on the Crémant de Limoux and the Bride has ordered two bottles of Methode Ancestrale for herself as she prefers a sweeter wine – very pretty bottle too! The prices are incredibly reasonable and Paul is most kindly delivering them all the way back home! How lucky are we!! Bonne santé!

  • winefriend:

    I agree – Roussillon was great and our day in the wilder Corbieres a particular highlight!

  • Usually rustic places produce the best products in the world.

  • winefriend:

    thanks, Umberto and great to see you in London too. All the very best (as the English are allowed to say) for the current season!

  • Thanks David, very well done!!!
    Hope to see you soon in the near future.

  • winefriend:

    thanks, Mattie – as you know, I couldn’t agree more. What Puglia needs a few world class wines to draw attention to its riches.

  • “inexpensive bottles with some local character are important.”

    something I’ve believed for a long time and that Puglia has provided in spades. Great overview of the Murgia region, which really deserves more coverage. Nero di Troia is such a great grape, and Torrevento has made my favorite versions. Azienda Monaci’s Sine Par is an excellent Nero di Troia too, but made in the Salento.

  • winefriend:

    Vita – it was a real pleasure discovering Puglia and especially the Murge.

  • winefriend:

    Janet and I really enjoyed and would love to visit again!

  • Vita:

    I’m impressed with so much information! Congratulations!

  • Vita:

    David, your site is great and the section about Puglia so special! I’m glad you enjoyed your stay in my region, you’ve made me feel proud of being a Pugliese!

  • winefriend:

    Thank you – we really loved the hotel and enjoyed the stay. I will put some photos of the hotel on the Puglia pages shortly – I might add them to the ‘arriving in Puglia’ page. With best wishes to you all.

  • We want to thank you for choosing our hotel for your stay in Salento (Italy).
    Best regardas
    The Staff of Kelina Hotel nel Salento

  • 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!

  • Costanza:

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

  • winefriend:

    I agree! Though the next great avventura will in fact be an aventure to Roussilon

  • winelover:

    the photos take you straight there! Magnificent…. Actually, I’m feeling rather hungry now… I’ve eaten in Pescandolo, as it happens – and I think its greatest strength is its economy. Such good value for such high quality. The best aspects of both Antichi Sapori and Fioreincantina respectively… quintessential example of that most highly valued Italian characteristic – good price in relation to good quality… I can recommend the Albergo Lucy 50 metres away for exactly the same reason. Trani out of high season – delightful
    Here’s to the next great avventura..

  • winefriend:

    Thanks, Julie – I hope you have a great time and look forward to hearing about it!

  • Julie Evans:

    Thank you for these insights. I will be visiting Italy for the first time next month and I can’t wait to try some of these wines. feeling very inspired : )

  • winefriend:

    Undoubtedly the latter – a surfeit of sea urchins and the odd glass or two!

  • Lefty Wright:

    So, were you driving the truck or lying in the back?

  • winefriend:

    John – I feared mine might have suffered the same fate – but I was pleasantly surprised!

  • John Hawke:

    When I moved into our South London flat in 1971, the previous occupants had left a bottle in the larder labelled ‘Pear Plonk, July’.
    We were very suspicious and invited friends round to sample this treasure – none of us were ‘into’ wine at that time but one of the invitees – who, allegedly, ‘knew a bit’ – was given the first glass for a verdict (before anyone else was prepared to risk it!)
    After nosing it for a protracted period of time – and being heckled quite mercilessly to bite the bullet and have a swig – he finally stated that, after laying it down for a few years, it would make an excellent varnish remover.

  • Costanza:

    Hallo David,
    I see this website is really improved in a short of time.
    I can find many information about wine, obviously, but much more!
    Thanks a lot for your job and your passion

  • winefriend:

    Thanks, Cendrine – sadly I won’t be at Prowein but I hope the organic wine tasting goes well. All the best!

  • Dear David,

    If you’re planning to go to Prowein (27-29 March), don’t miss the organic wine tasting which we organise at the Vinum stand hall 4, D50, during those 3 days: they are wine which were awarded a gold medal at the last “Challenge Millesime Bio” competition, and they are really worth a sip!
    Hope to see you there!
    Best regards,

    Cendrine Vimont, from Languedoc-Roussillon organic wine trade association.

  • Lefty Wright:

    And not forgetting Domaine de l’Arlot in Burgundy, not surprisingly also one of his favourite wine producers.

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  • winefriend:

    Thanks, Michael – I love Pitigliano and its wines. My only regret from last summer’s visit to Scansano was that it left so little time for a proper stay inland around Pitigliano. I am sure there are lots of other interesting wines (in addition to the superb Sassotondo) and I am looking forward to getting back in due course. Have a good visit.

  • Thank you for posting the wine suggestions. I’m in the U.S., but will be sure to visit next time we come to Italy. My grandmother was from Pitigliano and there are a few reds starting to make a name for themselves (from the U.S. perspective anyhow).

    Thank you!

  • winefriend:

    Thanks, Justine – and great to hear from you. We heard from the Cave de Pyrene that you are based in the UK but didn’t know exactly where. And congratulations on the excellent Shrewsbury Wine Society website – it looks like you have a lot of fun!

    It would be great to meet up and to get you to do a Maremma tasting here. Let’s correspond or talk about that. In the meantime all the best for the Shrewsbury and the Poggio Argentiera enterprises. Best wishes to you and Gianpaolo

  • Hello there, writing to you having seen your blog and your interest in Maremma, (thanks also for your kind write-up about my winery, Poggio Argentiera). I also run a wine society, ( thought you might like for us to come Hampshire-way to one of your meetings and present some Maremma goodies?
    all the best, keep up the good blogging!
    Justine Keeling-Paglia

  • Thank you for mentioning our restaurant, it’s very kind. My name is Marquis and at the back we have an enclosed garden. In 2004 when we bought the place we did not know what to call it. I have a very old friend who from a hotel manager recycled me as a chef. Alain Dutourier is a top chef in Paris and very well thought after wine connaisseur. He judge at many competions of high level. Alain found the name for us. Thjank you again and best wishes
    Germain Marquis

  • Brian Mellor:

    For my taste this research confirms my years of bad practice that a higher Cabernet % gives a no bones about it better flavour wether aerated or not. Please reserve me a couple of bottles!

  • Wine lover:

    darling – that’s lovely….
    and by the way – my method wasn’t as accidental as you imply.
    The logic is incontrovertible:

    – I prefer Merlot to Cabernet;
    – You told me one wine had more Merlot in it than Cabernet;
    – The wine I preferred was therefore Merlot.

    QED xxx

  • Lefty Wright:

    Yes, quite agree. In fact I bought some. I thought the Pietra di Lupi was terrific and the label design was clean and stylish, a very good wine on all fronts. A tasting of Ian Steel’s wines would be a very good idea.

  • Wendy Jenkins:

    I agree with Paul it certainly was a splendid evening. Apart from the Sestiere Prosecco and the Colheita Port your selection passed me by but I did enjoy reading about them. I enjoyed tasting both the Prosecco and the Colheita. My own tasting was varied. I particularly enjoyed the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico but it is a wine I would buy as a gift rather than to drink. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, although not as good, is a wine I would buy to drink as it is cheaper and has some of the flavour of Amarone della Valpolicella.

  • Paul Gumn:

    What a splendid evening, so much to choose from, to suit all tastes and pockets. Delighted to see that most of your selection I did not get around to trying, so good to read your notes and recommendations. There was one exception, the Colheita Port which I made sure that I did try, it was superb. I also enjoyed the food!

  • winefriend:

    thanks, Louise – it was a really worthwhile tasting

  • Louise Hurren:

    thanks for this thoughtful review, David! hope to see you at another tasting soon. best wishes, louise

  • Carol:

    What a wonderful service you provide for us! Thankyou so much for this article – you’ve more than tempted me – and am off down to Grape Expectations to try this wine myself. Am thinking it would be a gd little present too – especially for Spanish-loving friends.

    See you on the 13th. Gd wishes,

  • 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!

  • 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, Ann and John – I hope to restore Ch de Tracy shortly. Here’s to the next trip!

  • Dear David,

    After many A & C trips, this was definitely one of the best,and such a nice group. Many thanks to you for your excellent resume so far, I used to write the trips up, but don’t have your expertise! For some reason, the Chateau de Tracy write up has disappeared and shows as an error, but perhaps that will come back on another log in. Thanks to you and Janet for your company, and we will look forward to the next installment.

    Regards, Ann and John

  • winefriend:

    thank you, Marilyn – I’m glad you enjoyed both the holiday and the write up … I am sure you are looking forward to opening the bottles too!

  • Marilyn Holtham:

    Stunning resume of the holiday so far. Thank you. Love the commentary with photos. I am hopeless at remembering to take my camera out of my bag and cannot remember a holiday with so many aide-memoires!

  • I really enjoyed this post. You explain this topic very well. I really love your blog and I will definetly bookmark it! Keep up the interesting posts!

  • winefriend:

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

  • 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)

  • Wine lover:

    how I envy you! What a wonderful tasting you had. All those lovely reds to remind you of the distinctive terroir and gorgeous food. Some of us have to work of course…

  • winefriend:

    That’s a really good point. Once you do have (access to) some glasses you can of course experiment with them and at least compare them in the more controlled setting of your home. I retried the tasting at home with a) a Chablis glass b) a Grand Cru Chardonnay glass c) new style Pinot Noir glass d) old Pinot Noir glass c) small straight sided wine glass in cruder glass. Of course the other variable is the wine with Riedel choosing very expressive ones – aged, oaked PC quality Chardonnay and big, fruity Cabernet Sauvignon. Mine were a bit less expressive – decent white Burgundy from Macon 2005 and village level red Burgundy 2004. The results were fairly convincing: there was no doubt about how unexpressive both wines were in a small, straight sided glass – you need some headroom to aerate, to swirl and to direct the aromas at your nose. The other glasses performed – in my judgement – in the same way as at the demonstration tasting but not so markedly. My guess is that this is to do with the wines rather than the glasses. What does puzzle me is that if the new idea that the mouth does not have tasting zones is correct (ie that we can taste the full range everywhere where there are taste buds), why does the shape of approach of the wine make any difference – which it appeared to. I think this is a fascinating area with lots of uncertainties, not least the notion of objectivity in a field with no ability to measure or quantify. Thanks for your comments – the only thing to do is to try it yourself.

  • Lefty Wright:

    My problem with Riedel wine glass comparative tasting is that they are necessarily subjective.
    There is no way that I can see of carying out a proper scientific “double-blind” experiment, and fro that reason I remain rather sceptical of the benefits of paying large amounts of money for Riedel glasses.

  • We were given some Riedel glasses as a wedding present and this completely changed my perception of the wine glass relationship. The most intersting point for me at this event was the effect of the Cabernet in the different glasses and in particularly the Pinot glass where the bitterness really came through. Many people are opening pricey bottles of red and in some cases losing some of the pleasure.
    The Wine Tipster.

  • winefriend:

    Thanks Manou – I am delighted that you are importing these wines to Northern Europe where they deserve more exposure. I met a group of Yorkshire sommeliers at the London Wine Fair back in May and they were enthusiastic about the generous fruit and roundedness of the Val di Cornia wines they tasted. For me, that is their forte. They are, as it were, New World versions of Sangiovese or Cabernet/Merlot/Syrah, with an Italian, or even Tuscan, twist. And as you hint, the quality/price ratio is fantastic.

    The big challenge is producing a few really top quality bottles, so that the rest of the world sits up and pays attention. Petra has the winery – see above- and the resource to do this but at the moment the wines are improving but not really up to the standard of the top wines of say Moris in Massa Marittima or Le Pupille in Scansano. I have a real soft spot for Russo (see above) but would need to retaste their wines alongside others before I was really sure. The star winery of course has been Tua Rita, which shows it can be done, but somehow this one success at this quality level hasn’t been enough to put the whole region on the map. So for the time being, we consumers can enjoy good wines at excellent prices, and that’s not a bad outcome!

  • Hello David,
    We are a young wineshop in Belgium and just like you we have a great passion for wines from Tuscany. You are one of the few people talking about the Val di Cornia wines. (We sell the Libatio Lunae from SantAgnese, wonderfull wineproducer and friend).
    Could you tell me, as wineexpert, what these wines have as an advantage or interesting characteristic to other Tuscan wines (ok it is about personal taste).
    Why they could be succesfull in the future? Only a good price/quality ratio?

  • winefriend:

    Thanks, Carla – it has been a strange experience and I hadn’t thought about the change in my handwriting. It’s always worth reviewing what is really important and what isn’t. Looking forward in due course to the 2010 vintage!

  • carla:

    I’m so sorry David, I really understand your sorrow! The only treasures I keep on moving from one home to another (Trento, Milano, Roma, Pitigliano) are my Moleskins. With drawings, feathers, flowers, … obviously non professional things, but still very precious to me as the evolution of my handwriting.

  • wine lover:

    I absolutely love the new ‘about’ !!!
    You are very kind in what you say…
    Janet is a very fortunate woman

  • Wine lover:

    I think the new website is very impressive – and I can easily appreciate how much time and effort has gone into providing such detailed and carefully documented information conveyed in such excellent prose, supported by your marvellous photos. It is the readers’ good fortune that your friends prevailed on you to turn your hand to writing a blog – and now to creating this website. I also very much hope your little red book turns up…..very much looking forward to reading the next instalment… hope the start of the football season doesn’t get in the way too much…Who’s playing on Saturday??

  • Giancarlo – that’s great to hear and fully deserved. I can’t wait to taste the Aglianico in due course and hope that 2010 is unfolding well in the vineyard.

  • Thanks, Christian – it’s great to know that you are enjoying this blog.

  • arroreoks:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Christian,Diet Guide!

  • giancarlo:

    hello we won the award s:
    1)”gran menzione 2010 vinitaly fiano di avellino 2008 docg” at vinitaly
    2) silver medal citta’ del vino “selezione del sindaco 2010 ” irpinia aglianico doc 2008 !!!

    we trying our best!!!!

    giancarlo ioanna +39 3391678239

  • Sue:

    What a good wine that was at lunch – we really enjoyed it and our friends excellent choice!

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  • […] tasted the 2007s at the London Chablis trade tasting earlier in the year, this was a chance to check out the 2008s.  Both are very good vintages in […]

  • giancarlo:

    thank you for visiting our stand at vinitaly its always a pleasure for me , i’m waiting for a visit in the winery

    azienda agricola FILADORO
    lapio avellino italy


  • Sue Byrne:

    Evan isn’t wholly English!! His father’s name is Brendan, and Evan refers to the Welsh rugby team as ‘us’. He’s a typical British mongrel. Just thought I’d point that out!

    Evan’s mum

    P.S. Loved the article – and the photos. Off to Waitrose tomorrow to buy some of the wine.

  • thank you – that’s great.

    A presto

  • giancarlo:

    hello i leave you all the details to come and visit us at vinitaly <.

    stand n°5
    area B

    zone area campania

    looking forward to meet you there !!!!

    Giancarlo Ioanna

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  • thanks for your comments – I hope you continue to enjoy the site and the great wines of the area

  • Ciao, Sara – grazie e mi manco la bellissima Campania


  • Sara:

    Anche noi preferiamo i bianchi – e specialmente la Falanghina! 😀

  • thank you – it’s great fun to do!

  • Thanks, Iron – I entirely agree about the port and chocolate combination, for that indulgent moment. Thanks also for the link to – he’s being tasting the port for the rest of us!

  • Amazing to think of a 1977 as young!
    I also recently “rediscovered” port, as documented on the Iron Chevsky wine blog here:
    A great port, with alcohol in check, can be quite profound.

    Best regards,
    Iron Chevsky

  • Hello, Giancarlo – yes of course! It was a great evening at Taurasi, the food was very good and (as I say on the blog) it was great to discover your wines. We will look forward to seeing you at Vinitaly. Felice buonanno! David


    remember me ? giancarlo from filadoro wine cellar i’m thanking you about all this you done i hope to see you a vinitaly if you email me i will let you know in a month time the number of the stand thank you very much
    giancarlo ioanna

    email :

  • thanks, Erica – that’s really kind. Glad you like the site. A lot of the quality must be properly attributed to WordPress, who run the blog, which is pretty easy to work with – though, for writing for the blog itself, Windows Live Writer (much abused by those who don’t like Microsoft!) is really excellent and handles photos excellently. It is great fun to do …

  • Hi, it’s not a wine I know personally but it comes from Trentino in Northern Italy. I found the following tasting note on it at: Tasted by Steve Jones on 7/11/2009 & rated 84 points: “Decent enough. Merlot with lambrusco. Fun quaffer.” Happy drinking!

  • erica moody:

    Hello David, what a fabulous thing you’ve created. It looks really good and is easy to navigate around. I’m impressed!
    Love from Erica.

    Happy New Year.

  • angie:

    Hi…have you heard of a wine called Ponticello Vallagarina….? cant find it anywhere

    Many Thanks x

  • Yes of course, though an acknowledgement would be great. I’m fascinated too by the design possibilities of wine bottles – it’s a great test because of the massive limitations of the bottle and, much less important, the legal requirements about what has to be included. Interesting field!

  • Ken Rosenberger:

    It has been my great pleasure, for the past 30 years, to create a collection of wine labels from my home in northern California. It would be with great satisfaction to be able to include your labels in my collection. Thank you very much for your consideration.
    Please reply to:
    Ken Rosenberger
    354 Prune Tree Drive
    Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA

  • thank you – I have followed the Tuscan wine scene for some years and then decided to go on a proper tour of Campania and hence all the posts. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Looks like you are a real professional. Did you study about the theme? lol

  • chiara giorleo:

    thanks so much for all of your comments and notes. i am very happy you enjoyed the visit and you are welcome to come and visit again whenever you will have the chance to..
    do not hesitate to contact for further details.
    good luck

    chiara giorleo fromMastroberardino

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  • It was indeed an excellent evening, even allowing for people’s enjoyment increasing after a few tastes of 15% wines! A trip to Roussillon sounds great and we must put our heads together on that.

  • Paul Gumn:

    How satisfying it was to have seen so many Andover Winefriend’s enjoy the wines that Jean presented to us. I don’t think they were just being polite, the wines were delightful and the enjoyment increased as we progressed through the list.
    For me, there were no surprises, that experience has long vanished since I know that at every visit to his restaurant there will be the discovery of yet another superb wine from this small but bountiful region that can no longer be regarded as the producer of ‘vin ordinaire’ in France. With 200 wines on the shelves to choose from and new ones arriving at each visit, it is easy to forget that good wines also exist from other part of the world.
    I am sure that some of those that experienced this taste of ‘Pays de Catalan’ will be sitting in Jean and Genevieve’s restaurant before too long, sharing the delights to be discovered there at values that even todays exchange rate cannot destroy.

  • You and Roberto look great and it was a special lunch! Thank you.
    E’ stato proprio un piacere di riverdervi! La Campania e’ una regione bellissima coi grandi vini. Alla prossima volta!

  • Sara Giammarino:

    Oh dear, I look tipsy in this picture!
    E’ stato bellissimo avervi tra noi a Sorrento, speriamo di rivedervi presto!
    Un abbraccio forte da Sara & Roby

  • grape escape:

    A great start to the new blog – and I shall certainly subscribe. A first for me as well – my first ever blog reply! A fabulous evening too David and Janet and thanks for your generous hospitality. The wines were great to sample especially as not ones I would normally choose. I preferred the Gewurztramminers to the Riesling – and, yes, I too retained those 70s and 80s prejudices! It would have been interesting to have tasted them the other way round also. My favourite was the Ostertag. We discussed which food the wines best went with and there was a consensus that it was Chinese so I shall pass on the Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio (or even Tsing Tsao) when next in a Chinese restaurant. Am already looking forward to the next evening…

  • wine lover:

    It was another great evening – thank you.
    Some of us were a little distracted by the company and conversation though we eventually got our heads down and our taste buds working. I wonder whether we should have started with the Riesling and moved onto the Gerwurztraminer ? Whatever, both were fascinating, and the threee examples of each showed just how great the range can be between years and producers. The final treat from Ischia was quite a surprise. Here’s to the next evening – cin cin..

  • wine lover:

    O good…. By the way – thank you for another wonderful fine wine supper – am enjoying the spoils even as I write. Very much looking forward to the next opportunity to share a good bottle of wine with you. Remind me to tell you about the collapse of a wine fridge at work during the Concert – and the resulting mess and accompanying smells of spilt orange juice and up to 10 broken bottles of wine all sloshing around the foyer as the great and the good took their leave.. Not good, unlike the music…

  • you will be first on the list!

  • wine lover:

    what a wonderful evening you describe ! I’m with the european federalist – and keen to embrace the euro even if only to make wine-buying in Europe simpler! Few of us had any idea that there is a sophisticated wine drinking community in the Hampshire backwoods. Another well-kept country secret. Unlike the Leckford Hut (as the Clos de Marquis is known to locals with any historical or geographical sense) which has lately become a beacon of good value and astonishing wines from SW France. Did I hear a rumour that another Wine Dinner for Andove Wine Friends chez Les Marquis is in the planning stage? How long is the waiting list?