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The Damaschino grape has ancient and uncertain origins, even if the name could refer to the city of Damascus, and we could assume a Syrian origin. Supposedly, it came to Sicily, and in particular in th...Continue Reading

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The Azienda Agricola Terrecosta is a story of Sicilian passion handed down for four generations that started in the 1950s, just after the second world war, with an olive mill and 11 hectares of land lo... Continue Reading

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Sulphites in wine
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Pairing pasta and wine
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Nestled in the breathtaking embrace of the northwest Italian landscape lies Piedmont, a region adorned with the majestic Alps and bordered by Aosta Valley, Liguria, and Lombardy. Aptly named "the foot ... Continue Reading

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Restaurants’ wine lists vary from very short to hundreds of pages, making the task of choosing a wine sometime challenging, a challenge that, whenever I'm out with friends or family, usually falls on m... Continue Reading

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Latest Reviews

Pesto "Cime di rapa"Alongside the Orecchiette pasta this is the perfect pesto to use in this classic recipe. Living in the UK it's going to be virtually impossible to get fresh Broccoli Rabe shoots so

Ian - December 20, 2023

OrecchietteAlways on the look out for unusual ingredients I wanted to follow the suggested recipe of Pesto Cime Di Rapa. This pasta is perfect for that with it's unusual shape (like little ear

Ian - December 20, 2023

Sugarfree GianduiottoIf like me you're getting to an age where you have to watch your sugar intake then this chocolate is just for you. Dark & sumptuous but without that guilty, over sweet taste.

Ian - December 20, 2023

Valpolicella SuperioreOur favourite red has always been Amarone but under recommendation from Andrea we tried this red. Certainly not as big & bold as an Amarone but beautifully balanced, very smooth wit

Ian - August 11, 2023

Brian & Shirley
We had our wine night on the 11th March which everyone enjoyed. All the wines were excellent, the Pinot Grigio Cantanghel and Supertuscans Il Sorvegeliante Rigololccio were of part

Brian & Shirley - March 17, 2023

GuancialeAbsolutely delicious. If you are going to cook authentic italian pasta recipes this is what you need!

Jonathan - November 17, 2022

Thank you for a great evening! :-) we will try + visit again from Scotland

Sharon - August 13, 2021

Excellent night - thank you very much for a lovely nigh. Very knowledgeable - learnt a lot about wine

Brenda - August 13, 2021

Alex Thank you for the hamper - and the additional surprises. It is fantastic. We will enjoy this together. Please keep up your excellent produce and service

Jon - May 28, 2021