Category Archives: Italy

Uncle Zin Appassimento

I’m a fan of Zinfandel. I’m a fan of Primitivo. I’m a fan of Apassimento. I’m a fan of big robust looking bottles. I’m a fan of Spaghetti Westerns. If you were to pull together a marketing focus group to design a bottle of wine I might buy, then this is probably what it would… Read More »

I Heart Prosecco – Perfect for Prosecco Cocktails

If you wanted a Prosecco for Valentine’s Day then this one certainly looks the part.  The label features a heart, the name is Heart.  Quite why they didn’t make the label heart shaped I don’t know.  I’m pretty certain that if pink Prosecco was a real thing then they’d have made it pink, but it’s not,… Read More »

Masi Campofiorin 2010

As was entirely predictable, I declared spring to have sprung, and the following day it was cold and frosty.  This would sadden a lesser person, but for me it was an opportunity to snuggle under a blanket with a lovely warming wine.  I haven’t yet sunk to the level of wearing a slanket. This Masi Campofiorin… Read More »

Palazzo del Mare Nero d’Avola

The weather has been wild and wacky over the last couple of days and the clocks have gone back.  Winter is certainly on the horizon.  The big advantage of winter is enjoying robust red wines with lots of pasta or whilst snuggled up under a blanket whilst watching a film, or more specifically at the… Read More »

Limoncello di Sorrento

Sitting in the Bay of Naples, looking at Vesuvius, imagining the view of the Pliny family as they watched Pompeii and Herculaneum disappear under volcanic rock and mud is an amazing experience.  The food we ate in Naples was outstanding, and we were reluctant to end our dining experiences.  In Europe people understand enjoying dining… Read More »

Dogajolo Carpineto Super-Tuscan

A recent game of Odin’s Ravens was accompanied by a bottle of Dogajolo Carpineto 2005, a young ‘Super-Tuscan’ blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Odin’s Ravens has some very pretty artwork on the cards, and Dogajolo Carpineto has an attractive autumnal label. Yes, that is what drew me to it, I am that shallow. It’s… Read More »