Piemonte vineyard © 2014 . All rights reserved.

The chance to taste a whole selection of wines made from the rare, white Timorasso  grape variety was too tempting an opportunity to miss so in June I jumped at the offer to make this trip to the less well … Continue reading


Garofoli 'Lollo' bottles. Photo © Susan Hulme MW 2013 © 2014 . All rights reserved.

  The Marche (pronouced Mar-Kay) is a region full of surprises! It has such a lot to offer. Situated a third of the way down the Eastern (Adriatic) side of Italy, sandwiched between Emilia-Romagna to the north, the Abruzzo to … Continue reading

Alsace gems

Colmar © 2012 . All rights reserved.

Domaine Weinbach Faller is a powerful name in Alsace. They are one of a handful of producers at the top of their game and they produce some of the very best examples of Alsace’s distinctive style of Gewürztraminer. When I … Continue reading

The Magic of Sicily

Etna smoking © 2012 . All rights reserved.

Sicily was my first love. It was my first encounter with the heady, exotic mix of southern Mediterranean culture, landscape and food. Sicily bewitched me and left its mark upon my memory. I remember the drama of the landscape and … Continue reading

Feudo Montoni

Fabio Sireci © 2012 . All rights reserved.

Occasionally, when you visit a vineyard and a producer, in whatever troubled, busy or preoccupied state of mind you happen to be in, you are stopped in your tracks and transformed by something almost spiritual in the place and the people. So it was with Feudo Montoni and our meeting with its delightful owner, Fabio Sireci. Continue reading


Calabash © 2012 . All rights reserved.

 I didn’t know Gary Rhodes had a restaurant in the Caribbean, let alone Grenada but when we discovered the Calabash was only a  20 minutes journey away from our hotel, I had to go. It would be rude not to! … Continue reading

De Martino

Rows of Tinajas © 2011 . All rights reserved.

Family-owned De Martino have a long tradition of winemaking but are also at the forefront of innovation when it comes to discovering Chile’s new wine regions and expressing her diverse terroir… Continue reading