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Glass of Wine at Trattoria La Casalinga

Glass of Wine at Trattoria La Casalinga

A carafe of the house vino, lightish, generously flavoured and slightly rustic but no less enjoyable for that. Washed down this mammoth dish of boar saucedRead More

Cantina Capponi Mescite

Cantina Capponi Mescite

In Florence, between via de’ Bardi and the Santa Maria in Soprarno square there is, barely noticeable in the wall, a little doored niche. Above itRead More

Glass Rack Mercato Centrale Florence

Glass Rack Mercato Centrale Florence

In a corner of the Mercato Centrale in Florence is a little bar, seemingly frequented only by gruff market traders. The glass rack at the farRead More

Bacchus Fountain

Bacchus Fountain

Tucked away near the exit of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, over-looking a rather forlorn corner of a car park, is this marvellous rendition of Bacchus.Read More

Winery Worker, Sicily

Winery Worker, Sicily

Slipping gently into 2014… the excesses of the past month have final caught up with a run of chills and colds and the addition of aRead More

Tasca d’Almerita

Tasca d’Almerita

Black and White Photograph: The Winery, Vines and Vineyards of Tasca d’Almerita, Sicily taken during a 2013 tour by the Circle of Wine Writers

Miha Batic winemaker

Miha Batic winemaker

Just reminiscing over the last year and all the stimulating vineyard visits experienced during those months. Slovenia with the focus on natural wine was a fascinatingRead More

The Wine Lab at Planeta

The Wine Lab at Planeta

Two photographs for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – both taken at the Planeta winery in Sicily. It was a delightful visit as part of aRead More

Concrete Tanks at Sarria

Concrete Tanks at Sarria

I think my stance on visiting stainless steel tanks is well established (although I have to admit that ‘sometimes’ they can be beneficial). At least stainlessRead More

Blue Spittoons at Bodega Nekeas

Blue Spittoons at Bodega Nekeas

I once attended a wine tasting, many moons ago now, where a rather cocky taster gave us great hilarity as his, no doubt expensive, silk tieRead More

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