David Way

Italian speaking expert on the wines of Italy, especially Toscana and Piemonte. Currently writing The Wines of Piemonte for the Classic Wine Library. Researcher and writer of wine study materials for the WSET (works on the study guide for WSET Level 4 Diploma); creator of www.winefriend.org.

Weekend bottles

The weekend has that nice relaxed feel about it, a moment to search the cache of bottles in the kitchen or beyond for something different to try.  My recent trip to Berry Bros & Rudd’s Aladdin’s cave at Basingstoke produced one of these.  Chateaux de Lascaux 2006 from the Languedoc, with a galloping horse on

Particularly Alsace

After the anticipation, the tasting.  Ten members of Andover Wine Friends gathered to try two of Alsace’s great white grape varieties followed by a simple supper.  We settled quickly to the task after a taste of Aureus, Cremant de Loire, a bottle-aged single vintage Chardonnay, 2002.  Toasty, decent acidity if slightly milder than much Champagne,

Red Burgundy’s contribution to European unity

To Sunday evening dinner with long-standing friends, a retired diplomat and wife who was a skilled saleswoman, where you expect quality with a French accent.  In this case both literally and in the glass.   We knew that the other guests included the chef and front-of-house couple of our excellent local French restaurant (www.closdumarquis.co.uk), not to

Party wines

One of the risks of going to parties is the range of competent but dull wines you may encounter.  Things look up however if the party is thrown by a member of a wine club and lots of the wine club are there.  While no one would expect rare or valuable bottles, finding interesting party

Taller than thou

Searching for older Alsace bottles

Half the fun of putting a tasting together is in the search.  We will all have our favourite places to start – in your own cellar (under the stairs), your local supermarket, on the web or in a local shop.  I had already put together a tasting of Gewurztraminer and Riesling from Alsace and could draw