Guido’s Corner of Abruzzo

Guido’s Corner of Abruzzo

Vinnie and I were travelling through the Apennine mountains that form the backbone of Italy, heading from Rome to Pescara in the Italian region of  Abruzzo. We were making our very first visit to Abruzzo; snow was still glistening on the tops of the mountains when, in...
Montepulciano From The Mountains

Montepulciano From The Mountains

Vinnie and I were high in the Apennine mountains in Abruzzo, hunting down a Montepulciano wine, and my musings turned to maps. I have been fascinated by them since I was a child. Of course, the attempt to represent a three-dimensional world in two dimensions must...
Schioppettino Valley

Schioppettino Valley

We have driven east across the billiard-table flat Friulian plain to arrive in the foothills of the Julian Alps; more precisely we are in the beautiful, lush, and green (even on an early spring day) Judrio Valley in eastern Friuli Venezia Giulia. On the far side of...
Pour Decisions With Ramandolo

Pour Decisions With Ramandolo

For a corkscrew Vinnie gets quite passionate about statistics, particularly when it comes to wine. So I explained to him that a hectare is equivalent to a square with sides 100 metres long and that there are 100 of them in a square kilometre. So 37 hectares is a...
Aquileia Secrets

Aquileia Secrets

So where are we?” enquired Vinnie, although I had the distinct impression that he wasn’t really interested. “Aquileia,” I replied. It was clear that this meant nothing to my trusty corkscrew and to be fair, looking around us, there was nothing to suggest that this was...