The Isle of Eigg

Paul Howard Articles, Beer & Spirits Reviews, Blog, Travel

Eigg Map 1892

The Isle of Eigg The Isle of Eigg (Eilean Eige) is one of the Small Isles of Scotland and part of the Hebrides. It lies about 15 km off the west coast of Scotland, to the south of the Isle of Skye. It may only be about eight km long and five km wide, but it’s a singular place. This …

Share this Post

Badia a Corte Riserva – Vinum Florentinum

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sustainability, Travel

Badia a Corte - Torre a Cona

Badia a Corte Riserva – Vinum Florentinum Take the old Via Roma (SP1) southeast from Florence towards Rignano sull’Arno. After only 10 km, you’ll find Torre a Cona, a magnificent 18th-century Renaissance estate. It makes wine and olive oil and now offers fine dining and hospitality. Torre a Cona is one of the best wine estates in the Chianti Colli …

Share this Post

Collio – introducing Italy’s best-kept wine secret

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sustainability, Travel, Wine Business

Collio – introducing Italy’s best-kept wine secret The Collio (aka Collio Goriziano) is a small Italian DOC. It’s in the Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region in the far north-eastern corner of Italy, bordering Slovenia. Following a recent visit, this article is designed as a brief introduction to Collio and its wines. Future companion pieces will cover some of the most …

Share this Post

Lincolnshire is a wine-producing county too

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, England and Wales, Travel

Lincolnshire - Medieval Bishop's Palace Vineyard - © Stuart Frost, used with permission

Lincolnshire is a wine-producing county too. As many will know, English and Welsh wine has become a fantastic success, and our isles can now boast 178 wineries and 800 vineyards. Meanwhile, Lincolnshire, England’s second-largest county, is devoted to farming and fishing. As a result, it produces over 20% of Britain’s food and has an enviable food culture to match. But do …

Share this Post

Le Fornaci – an exciting Lugana white wine from Tommasi

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sustainability, Travel, Wine Business

Tommasi Le Fornaci Lugana DOC

Le Fornaci – an exciting Lugana white wine from Tommasi Le Fornaci is an ongoing wine project by the Tommasi family. It’s in the Lugana DOC on the southern tip of Lake Garda. Gradually, this project has come to fruition, and the latest 2020 release is a beauty. (Update – so is 2021). Here’s why. Tommasi Tommasi is arguably so …

Share this Post

Chiesa del Carmine – an authentic taste of Umbria

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability, Travel

Chiesa del Carmine – an authentic taste of Umbria Chiesa del Carmine is a restored estate in Umbria, some thirty minutes north of the twin delights of Perugia and Assissi. It’s near the Tuscan border, in a small limestone valley accessed from the river valley of the Upper Tiber (Fiume Tevere). This short article is about why their wines are worth …

Share this Post

Bugey on down – explorations in undiscovered France

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, France, Travel

Grand Colombier, Bugey. Looking at Mont Blanc

Bugey on down – explorations in undiscovered France In France, the little known wine region of Bugey is well off the beaten track. I have passed through it frequently, usually on the way to more famous wine destinations in France and Italy. When I finally stopped to explore it some years ago, I wished I had done so sooner. An …

Share this Post

Pla de Bages and its unique heritage

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Organic, Spain, Sustainability, Travel, Wine Business

Abadal winery workers, Pla de Bages

Pla de Bages and its unique heritage These days, Pla de Bages is a relatively obscure Spanish wine region in the heart of Catalonia, Spain. Yet winegrowing has been here since Roman times, and the word Bages comes from Bacchus, the Roman God of wine. North-west of Barçelona, this fascinating region occupies the valleys of two rivers, the Llobregat and …

Share this Post

Llopart – fine bubbles from Catalonia

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Organic, Spain, Sparkling Wine, Travel

Llopart looking towards Montserrat

Llopart – fine bubbles from Catalonia The Llopart winery in Catalonia is just 40 minutes away from the bars and cafés of Barçelona. This is the heart of sunny Penedès, an ancient and thriving wine region. Here, the still wines made under the Penedès DO co-exist with sparkling wines all made, (until recently), under the famous name of Cava. While …

Share this Post

More Beaujolais Pleasures – Beaujolais Pt.3

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, France, Travel

More Beaujolais Pleasures: Chénas vintage 2018

More Beaujolais Pleasures – Beaujolais Pt.3 This final part 3 of the Beaujolais trilogy contains even more Beaujolais pleasures. It covers six more crus plus some food-matching ideas. The clickable Google map below shows the producer locations for all of the wines recommended in parts 2 and 3. Even more Beaujolais pleasures await ♥ Brouilly 1,227 hectares and 8.5 million bottles. …

Share this Post