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Grape Harvest at Ochoa, Navarra, Spain

Grape Harvest at Ochoa, Navarra, Spain

A fantastic few days just spent in Navarra, Spain. Made even more special as the visit coincided with the grape harvest. Quite a unique experience asRead More

Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard Panorama

Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard Panorama

Making full use of the centuries of Mount Etnas deposits the vines at Tenuta di Fessina produce some lovely wines. Here, with Mount Etna behind us,Read More

Donnafugata Ben Rye

Donnafugata Ben Rye

One of the highlights of the Circle of Wine Writers trip to Sicily – a superb tasting and visit to the Donnafugata Winery. Perhaps also theRead More

Tenuta Rapitala, Sicily

Tenuta Rapitala, Sicily

A warm welcome at Tenuta Rapitala; beaming smiles and hearty handshakes from the Comte de la Gatinais and his wife. They had been following our exploits,Read More

Cottanera Winery, Sicily

Cottanera Winery, Sicily

It’s an oft-heard story. Sons of the winery founder take over, as the oldens retire, with grand thoughts of revival and reinvention. At Cottanera, founded byRead More

Vineyards Under Mount Etna

Vineyards Under Mount Etna

At a little over 3,300 meters Mount Etna is massive; it dominates Sicily and formed a point of reference during the week long Circle of WineRead More

Wine Tasting Slovenian Style

Wine Tasting Slovenian Style

The wines of Miha Batic a natural wine producer in Slovenia; photos and tasting notes taken while sampling the wines in the vineyard.

Wine Tasting Tuscan Style

Wine Tasting Tuscan Style

Opening with the ‘basic’ wines he was almost apologetic at their simplicity. Personally I found them a delight; no idea of price at the time (the top of the range comes in at a very reasonable €20 cellar door) but to a bottle these ‘lesser’ wines were lovely, offering a balanced richness, a true regional acidic streak in the RI.VA.LE Chianti and a touch riper, softer palate to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

A Raw Taster – Sampling Natural Wines in Slovenia

A Raw Taster – Sampling Natural Wines in Slovenia

This little place, the Slovenian equivalent of neighbouring Italy’s Agriturismo, has the most stunning view. Just below the veranda vines hug the hillside. Across the valleyRead More

Sevilen Winery, Turkey

Sevilen Winery, Turkey

A set of six photographs from a visit at the Sevilen Winery, just outside Izmir in Turkey; a prime grape-growing region, Mediterranean climate an’ all. “InRead More

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