Category Archives: Italy

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 »

Ser Niccoli

Browsing through the wine list of my local Italian restaurant we decided to opt for the only wine on it I’d neither tried before or ever heard of. It was Ser Niccoli 1998. From Tuscany. Er, that was it in terms of description – who wouldn’t choose it? Named for Niccoli Machiavelli with a neat… Read More »