Wine Blog

Nelson Wine Club – 2017 Update

Yes, it has been a while since my last posting. I’m expecting to be very busy with wine tours this coming summer. Good TripAdvisor reviews have been very helpful. Also, I know that I will get a mention in the … read more

Wine Club & Italian Wines

Here we are a year on from my blog posting which referenced the Nelson Wine Club’s annual dinner  where NZ wines were featured. 10 days ago we again dined at the Rata Room. This year we had Italian wines accompanying … read more

Celebrating Italians – their wine & food in Nelson

If you have read some of my previous blogs, you’ll be aware that Marion and I spent 10 wonderful days in Italy back in April 2015. On our travels we were graciously hosted by representatives of Farnese Vini. Firstly it … read more

Nelson Wine Club Dinner

Last week the Nelson Wine Club celebrated it’s 27th annual dinner, which as usual, was held at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology’s Rata Room. ‘The Rata Room’ is the restaurant where the hospitality course students not only study and … read more

Walking in Alsace

You can easily research via the internet, places in Alsace to stay, visit and walk/bike, but for what it is worth I’ll put my tuppence in. This photo is of another appealing village in Alsace – Niedermorschwihr, with its very … read more

Riquewihr, Alsace

Before flying home from Zurich, Alsace was our final stopping point. This would be my 4th visit here in 20 years and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I’ve always been the tourist to this region nestled between the … read more

Walks and wine in Graubunden

The eastern canton of Graubünden is Switzerland’s largest. There, some of the best wines can be found in the communes of Fläsch, Maienfeld, Jenins and Malans (all part of the Bündner Herrschaft subzone). These vineyards not only have good southern … read more

Sulmona confetti
Ortona and Sulmona

A lengthy, but not too arduous drive, in our rental Fiat, brought us to Ortona on the Adriatic coast all the way from Positano on the Amalfi coast. There was plenty of snow on the Apennines to enjoy en route. … read more

Taste of Sardinia in Rome

When in Rome, if you want a taste of Sardina, then I highly recommend you to visit the Sa Sartiglia restaurant in the Monte Sacro district of Rome. Having dined there twice in 4 days in 2012 I knew we’d … read more

Vesevo and Taurasi

There is so much I could write about our wonderful time spent in Taurasi, which is a town and commune in the province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. Our accommodation was the Al Campanaro B&B It’s run by Alessandro Barletta. Not … read more