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

Nizza DOCG Barbera: the Perfect Christmas Wine!

I think it's pretty funny that people keep asking me, "what's a good wine to pair with Christmas dinner?" How the heck am I supposed to know what you eat for Christmas dinner? Roast beef? Roast turkey? Pork loin? Baked ham? Steak? And what about sides and sauces? Will it just be pizza? Or are … Continue reading Nizza DOCG Barbera: the Perfect Christmas Wine!