Another fun Pink Lady Food Photography award ceremony at the MALL Galleries. As the wine and champagne, supplied by Taittinger and Errazuriz, flowed freely, accompanied by delicious pictures and bites of food, a good crowd turned out to enjoy the event.

There are many categories with thousands of entries but the overall winner was David Griffen with his picture of a street hawker cooking smoked chicken wings over some coals in Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur. Read the back story here on David Griffen's site.

 The winner of the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year Award went to winemaker and passionate photographer Victor Pugatschew for his image of pinot noir being pressed.

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There were so many very cool photographs that it was hard to pick out favourites but the judges did do an astounding job. The images are picked with no knowledge of who has taken the picture ensuring true quality really does shine through. Above are a few snaps from the evening (I'll have to get a better camera to enter with next year!!).

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Winemaker and owner Nicola D’Auria greeted us at the entrance of this fascinating cantina. The winery and cellars have been designed by Rocco valentini in the shape of a vertical barrel in order to immerse the tasters senses in wine.


East from Roma to Abruzzo

From Rome we headed east to Abruzzo, a region of Italy that rises up like a burly landlord to greet the traveller. The Apennine mountains at their tops are stark and beautiful, lonely, yet fulsome. Rustic doesn’t quite do this landscape justice. It’s a place for pilgrims, peace lovers and, of course, we followers of Bacchic and gastronomic pleasure.


After days of picking grapes in one of the world’s most famous wine regions, the pickers get together to drink, chat and enjoy the drinks they are meticulously involved in the making of. 

Also check out local winemaker, Nico’s, top tip for a white Burgundy from Saint Aubin that you don’t have to travel to Burgundy to get!


What started in El Quatre Gats tapas bar in Barcelona, soon became an adventure in the Marche region of Italy, that lies along the east coast facing Albania across the Adriatic Sea. El Quatre Gats is famously where Picasso had his first solo exhibition as a young edgy artists in the Catalan capital and I was there dining with Dr Pia Casarini Wadhams, Director of Italy’s only Polar Institute, Il Polo.


The Palazzo is located in the centre of Fermo, a small Roman hilltop town with a rich history dating back to antiquity. Flying from abroad, Ancona is the closest airport, 67km north (about an hours drive) along the coast of the Adriatic sea.