Renato Vacca—the character and spirit of Piedmont

No one is going to deny these are strange times: very trying for many and certainly surreal for the rest of us. Last weekend promised a bit of gloom, and not just via the weather forecast. With these prescribed self-quarantines I wasn’t going to do much except laundry, catch up on a couple of shows … Continue reading Renato Vacca—the character and spirit of Piedmont

The Secret Nobility of Arneis

It’s funny. I’ve spent the last few years trudging through the doldrums of the WSET Diploma curriculum, using Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine as the Holy Grail of wine itself and then I come across this quote by David Gleave, MW in his write-up of the Arneis grape, “The best examples tend to be … Continue reading The Secret Nobility of Arneis

Sustaining the January Sog with Sustainable Pinot noir

Feeling uninspired after the holidays? Weather forecast put a halt to your new year's workout plans? How about these long, cold and soggy January nights? Do they have you in search of warm, rich, comfort food? Well it has mine and they do me. So much for my running goals: my waterproof running shoes were … Continue reading Sustaining the January Sog with Sustainable Pinot noir