Still close to Fermo, Le Corti Dei Farfensi is raised on a hill and surrounded by vineyards. They do however, have vineyards further away. The name of the winery is named after the monks that once produced the wine where they are now based. They told us of the vines they have outside the small town of Moresco, apparently the most beautiful town in Italy!

Interview: Pecorino Wine - Marco Cavalieri, owner of Le Corti Dei Farfensi:

Curtes, Falerio, Pecorino, 2013

This pecorino was different to what we had tasted previously, having a lovely freshness with powerful acidity producing flavours of pear white peach. As the wine breathed I distinctly detected some banana, not overpowering but just an added dimension.

I would love to enjoy a bottle of this with some salt cod, poached in milk, served with tomatoes, fresh rosemary and potatoes in local olive oil…. but now I am dreaming…

A small production of 20,000 bottles means that you’ll have to keep your eyes very well peeled to get a bottle outside of Italy.

Abate Pietro, 2009, 80% montipulciano, 20% syrah

Lovely deep carmin colour. The nose is a combination of liquorice, prune and a bit of sour cherry. The age really gives it that soft silky touch and this is an excellent example of good red wines from the Marche can be.

For a food pairing I would suggest wild boar ragu with the boar marinated in red wine, bay leaves, cloves, garlic and onion.

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Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces. 


As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.



Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.


Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.


The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.


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