Written in the Stars: Aglianico

Written in the Stars: Aglianico

You may have heard one of us telling the story that my sister Cecilia and her husband Fabrizio were the inspiration behind our wine-importing business a long time ago.  It was just before the year 2000, at the time they were making wine in Tuscany, a fantastic Vino...
Vini di Roma – Roman Wines

Vini di Roma – Roman Wines

Did you know that Italy has a wider selection of wines than anywhere else in the world?  While it is claimed that there may be up to 2000 varieties, (WINE GEEK ARTICLE) there are officially 605 unique grapes used to make the wines found throughout the Italian...
Pinot Nero and All That Jazz

Pinot Nero and All That Jazz

When a producer tells you they have decided to declassify a particular vintage of Pinot Nero, you know they mean business! If winemakers are unhappy with their wine, or grapes – and if they have integrity – they will “declassify” it.  This means that they...
Crema di Mascarpone

Crema di Mascarpone

As Christmas is fast approaching and traditional Italian cakes are in the shops, I thought I would share this recipe of Crema di Mascarpone with you, which is in essence what is used to make Tiramisù, without the coffee. This recipe is the traditional way of making a...
Frittata con Zucchine

Frittata con Zucchine

Italians love their frittata, (free-TAH-ta ), a similar dish to the well known French omelette. Eggs are the main ingredient, to which vegetables, cheese, ham or even left over pasta is added according to what is available and what takes your fancy.  While an omelette...
Sausage and lentil stew

Sausage and lentil stew

What better reason to start our blogs again than having a good recipe and wine to share! This is a warming dish, perfect for an autumn day with unpredictable and cooler weather.  Brown lentils are very much loved in Italy, and especially in the centre regions, where...
Broad-bean (Fava) Purée

Broad-bean (Fava) Purée

  This lovely green Broad-bean Fava Purée topping featured among the nibbles in our recent wine-tasting events and it went down a treat on both occasions. The recipe of broad-bean fava purée topping is from a well-loved Italian cookery book by Ursula Ferrigno....
Wine & Tapas

Wine & Tapas

A new post after a long break…time really does fly when you’re having fun! Spanish wine tasting… The wine tasting on the 7th of November was dedicated to Spain, and we had the pleasure of having Guillermo Sanchez with us, along with some of the...