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Vineyards at Tasca d’Almerita

Vineyards at Tasca d’Almerita

For what seemed like hours – well it was hours, but enjoyably so, we had crossed Sicily in the bus marvelling at the scenery. There wereRead 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

Think How You Drink

Think How You Drink

Diageo has launched a new pan-European online campaign Think How You Drink to remind young people that drinking to excess can lead to shame and embarrassment.Read More

Andrew Barrow
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Entrance Feudo Arancio

Entrance Feudo Arancio

Friday 7th June. The schedule had us seated and tasting at 1,700 acre Feudo Arancio winery by 9am. There was the late night and the 30Read More

A Drop of DropWines

A Drop of DropWines

A little insight into new UK wine retailer DropWines. Richard Verney (described as ‘Our Wine Expert’, which I assume to mean wine buyer) and the lovely,Read More

Andrew Barrow
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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

Stainless Steel Tanks at Planeta

Stainless Steel Tanks at Planeta

Who says stainless steel tanks are boring? Well, me for one… once you’ve seen one you have basically seen them all. Rarely do they make interestingRead 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

Champagne Glass Line Up

Champagne Glass Line Up

Champagne out of a paper cup; not just any champagne either but the delicately stunning Billecart-Salmon Rosé (Harrods £60). Not just a flowery paper cup either,Read 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

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