A Very Tasty Trebbiano

A Very Tasty Trebbiano

Many of us are conscious of the ties that bind Italy and the United States. Sometimes this awareness is limited to the effects of movies like The Godfather – however, of course, the truth is very different and in many ways more fascinating. Just the figures...
Fizzing With Pinot Nero…

Fizzing With Pinot Nero…

Places speak to their visitors in different ways. The ancient conical stone huts of the coastal plains of Puglia murmur in an archaic tongue that few now understand of the transumanza – that ancient seasonal migration of sheep from the freezing mountains of...
Fizzing Franciacorta

Fizzing Franciacorta

On the 12th September, 1962, President John F Kennedy announced his country’s intention of putting a man on the moon and, in doing so, enthralled the world as the might of the United States’ technological machine was directed to this goal for the ensuing decade. A...
A Lesson in Lessini Durello

A Lesson in Lessini Durello

Vinnie and I were traveling through the countryside between Vicenza and Verona when we took a short detour to visit a small commemorative obelisk preserving the memory of the events of the 8th April, 1848. After the downfall of Napoleon, in 1815 the Congress of Vienna...
Bubbling with Durello

Bubbling with Durello

As the old joke goes, nostalgia is not what it used to be and yet we are all prone to it, including my corkscrew, Vinnie, who occasionally yearns for his French roots. Sometimes the results of this desire to look back are not a great success, as David Bowie’s album,...