Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Tyranny of Pinot Noir and the brilliance of chiarascuro

Amongst wine’s (aspiring) cognoscenti, monotheistic worship at the altar of Pinot Noir is commonplace. An intimate knowledge of Burgundy’s finest vineyards is a prerequisite for entry into the hall of “they who know”. Appreciation of the silken, feminine qualities of … Continue reading

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Attacking the Green Standard

Fuligni, my customary supplier of olive oil in Montalcino has not a single drop to offer. Their stock is sold out and their production in 2014 was nil. If I was a hedge fund manager, I’d sniff an opportunity. By … Continue reading

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ISIS: I put it to you…

In the good old days, Isis referred to the part of the River Thames flowing through Oxford’s university precincts. No Longer. As ISIS “pull off” yet another dastardly attack in Tunisia, I put it to you, ahem, to them that … Continue reading

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Qui si mangia bene…

And let me not try to kid you, I didn’t really need to drive two thousand kilometres in three days to deal with the domaines of Montalcino. But it did get me out of the house and I really do … Continue reading

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Montalcino – Ciciri and a modern Sicilian vespers

So an eventful lightning visit to Montalcino the week. The main aim to visit and taste at Fornacina – a tiny domaine in the same sector as Cerbaiona and Salvioni. Lovely wines, a beautiful Sangiovese-typical Rosso and a fuller, rich … Continue reading

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Fun at the Uffizi

So it’s been twenty five years since my last visit, but I found myself in Florence with a leisurely afternoon to fritter away. So I zoomed down the via Calzaiuo from the Duomo to the Uffizi and bypassed the queues, … Continue reading

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The Mother Road: A serious proposition

So as most of you will know, seven years ago last Friday a speeding idiot lost control of his car, blocked his breaks, veered across an admittedly narrow road hitting me on my bicycle head-on, leaving me legless in Burgundy. … Continue reading

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A dangerous obsession

Twenty years ago, having six bottles in my posession was a thing of wonder and joy. Twenty years later my dangerously expanding cellar is a source of inspiration and joy. I am constantly tempted to buy more bottles, the world … Continue reading

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