FICO Eataly World. From Farm to Fork in Bologna

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FICO Italy World

FICO Eataly World. From Farm to Fork in Bologna. FICO Eataly World opened in Bologna in November 2017. Though I was in Bologna exploring the nearby Colli Bolognesi wine region, unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to visit it. Instead, I vowed to come back and, nearly a year on, I did. I went twice. This special place is all …

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British Pullman, the high life from another age

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British Pullman

British Pullman, the high life from another age The Venice Simplon Orient Express may be one of the world’s most famous trains, thanks in no small measure to Agatha Christie. However, you can share in some of that magic and mystery with a range of special trains operated in Britain by Belmond British Pullman. An indulgent Christmas Dinner I felt …

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Highland Park 12yo Single Malt Whisky

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Highland Park 12 yo Single Malt Whisky

Highland Park 12 yo Single Malt Whisky Orkney comprises over 70 mostly low-lying, virtually treeless islands. Located where the North Sea meets the Atlantic, it’s wild, wet, and windy – kept habitable by the Gulf Stream. These islands have been settled for over 5,000 years, shown by the preserved remains of Skara Brae village. Orkney was a Viking stronghold (featuring …

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Feudi di San Gregorio – heritage and innovation (updated)

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Feudi di San Gregorio Cantina

Feudi di San Gregorio – heritage and innovation (updated) Welcome to Campania, in the Mezzogiorno, beautiful southern Italy. It’s where Feudi di San Gregorio is, in the “shin” of Italy’s boot, some 50 km inland from Napoli. This wine producer became, in just a few years, an icon of the modern Italian winemaking renaissance. It remains one of the leaders in restoring authentic …

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Bruno Paillard Champagne Première Cuvée MV

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Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée

Bruno Paillard Champagne Première Cuvée MV Maison Bruno Paillard is an independent, family-owned Champagne house based in Reims, founded only in 1981, with its first vintage in 1985. At the time this was the first new Champagne House to be created in over a century. Bruno Paillard was just 27 years old when he set it up. Now his daughter Alice …

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Antonella Corda, Stunning Sardinian Wines

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Antonella Corda wines, Sardegna

Antonella Corda, Stunning Sardinian Wines Antonella Corda is from a family of Sardinian winegrowers and is an agronomist specialised in vine management. She inherited her family traditions in 2010, returning to Sardinia from Trentino, then making her first vintage in 2011. In so doing she has created a boutique winery producing outstanding Sardegnan wines that are subtle, authentic and refined. …

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Sicily, the Land of Baroque ‘n’ Roll, Part 1

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Sicily - Trinacria

Sicily – the Land of Baroque ‘n’Roll, Part 1 This land Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, symbolised by the Trinacria, representing the island’s triangular shape and fabled fertility. Winegrowing here dates back to the 8th century B.C. by ancient Greek colonies. Sicily has highly visible evidence of conquest by many civilisations. Phonecians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Normans, Arabs, Germans, …

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Sicilian Wines, My Delightful Dozen. Baroque ‘n’ Roll, Part 2

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Sicilian Wines - delightful dozen

Sicilian Wines, My Delightful Dozen. Baroque ‘n’ Roll, Part 2. Here are wines that I consider to be outstanding examples of Sicilian wines from all over the island. I’ve deliberately restricted the choice to only one wine per producer. I’ve also chosen different grape varieties and styles wherever possible. Hence it shows off the Island’s enormous diversity. Sometimes that’s made …

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Nero Oro Nero d’Avola Appassimento, DOC Sicilia, 2017

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Nero Oro Apassimento Sicilia DOC

Nero Oro Nero d’Avola Appassimento, DOC Sicilia, 2017 Nero Oro comes from the Feudo di Santa Tresa estate in Sicily, in collaboration with a company called The Wine People. It’s intriguing in several ways, and not just because of the taste. Firstly, it’s 100% Nero d’Avola, a grape indigenous to Sicily and one of it’s best varieties. Since the 1990’s, …

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Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, Part 2

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Capo Caccia - Vermentino sunken Vermentino treasure

Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, Part 2 Part 1 of this article covered Vermentino di Sardegna wineries and wines from the south of the Island. In this Part 2, it’s time for those further north. These are roughly centred on the town of Alghero, featuring ten wineries and 18 wines. Further north Soletta Tenute Soletta is in Codrongianos, near Alghero and …

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