Apulia, or Puglia in Italian, is a unique kaliedoscope of vivid colours which paint the palatte of its places, its food and its wine. From the bright, turquoise sea contrasted by luminous, white limestone buildings to the deep purple grape bunches in the vineyards, it is certainly a visually stunning region. What effect might these colours have on our other senses?
The Amalfi Coast in a glass, a simple and refreshing wine from Casa D’Ambra on the island of Ischia, where heroic viticulture is part of the local heritage.
Spontaneity in a glass in a Alsace Riesling that's vibrant, racy and alive. Rich, golden colour, luminous and dense, aromas of baked apricot, juicy peach, toasted nuts and caramel with hints of wild flowers and citrus fruit, on the palate it's intense but not lacking in finesse, high acidity and very mineral, balanced by a... Continue Reading →
What cubist painters did in transforming the way we look at things and think about paintings, Virginia Woolf did for the way we read things and think about literature, both offering a new perspective on our perceptive potential and our very ability to express what we perceive. This was achieved by focusing on the crucial... Continue Reading →
The great advantage of a painting is that its expression is contained within the frame of a simultaneous whole. When the viewer lays eyes on a painting, they are met with the entire composition of a moment both captured and interpreted by the artist. Thus, with all visual elements presented at once, it falls on... Continue Reading →
"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography" -Federico Fellini Caravaggio, whose real name is believed to be Michelangelo Merisi, whose private life was full of promiscuity and scandal, who spent his later life fleeing a death sentence for murder, and who was to become one of the most celebrated Italian painters of... Continue Reading →
For my second wine tasting event I chose to explore the wine region of Valpolicella in Veneto, Italy. Veneto is one of my favourite wine regions for their bold reds and crisp Prosecco, but also for their long history of producing high quality wines that have become emblematic of Italian wines the world over. The... Continue Reading →
This is an experiment in writing tasting notes. The first is the way I have been writing them for this blog based on a classical method with some descriptive prose. The second is based on a classical method with specific terminology. The third is a stream of consciousness including my experience of the wine in... Continue Reading →