Winefriend by David Way

Writing about the wines of Piemonte, Italy and France

Welcome to Winefriend

Welcome to Winefriend, a website devoted to the wines of Piemonte, Italy and France.  I’m David Way, wine writer and educator based in London and Hampshire in the UK.  The following pages are my thoughts, experiences, and learnings as I’ve travelled far and wide to explore the world of wine to its fullest.

I’d love you to join me on my journey through these wonderful countries and regions and share my enjoyment of their fabulous wines. My current focus is Piemonte but this website covers many regions around the world. 

Latest News From Winefriend

My current project is to research and write a book on The Wines of Piemonte, to be published by the Classic Wine Library. Barolo and Barbaresco are among the world’s greatest wines. But there is so much more to Piemonte:

  • the emerging Nebbiolo wines of Alto Piemonte
  • the rise and rise of Barbera
  • sparkling wines, both Moscato and Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blends
  • the regional white wines, Cortese, Arneis, Timorasso, Nascetta
  • and all the fascinating local red varieties. There is so much to explore, so much to enjoy, so much to write about! For the latest update, click on the Diary below. 

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David Way, author of Winefriend, wine writer and educator

I created Winefriend in 2009 to showcase my independent writing and photos on wine regions, with a focus on Italy and France. Now I am working on a full-length book on the wines of Piemonte. 

Winefriend's 10th Tuscan Harvest Watch

For ten seasons, from 2011 to the harvest of 2020, growers from wineries in key Tuscan regions made regular reports with pictures on this  promising year.  Each year brings its unique challenges. In these posts and pictures you can share in the producers’ challenges and triumphs.

Also available are 2019201820172016201520142013, 2012 and 2011.

Andover Wine Friends

Back in Hampshire Janet and I run a friendly wine group which explores the world of wine: famous and less well-known regions, wine styles, grape varieties and more. We typically have one tasting and one fine wine supper each month, all at a reasonable price. You can see the current programme here. Newcomers are always welcome. If you are interested  email me.

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