Wine Guide

A collection of articles and illustrations exploring the world of wine: tasting notes, winery visits and wine regions

Visual tasting notes: As a visually-minded person, I think and understand things through images. By illustrating the aromas I smell in a wine, I feel like the description comes alive. These illustrations encourage me to focus on the unique character of each wine I taste. I hope that for others they offer a different way of appreciating wine descriptions through the immediacy of images and their intricate connection to our other senses.

Cantina Vignaioli Scansano- Morellino di Scansano Roggiano DOCG 2017

Vibrant ruby colour with bright clarity, vivid aromas of dark fruit and spices with floral nuances, notes of blackberry, raspberry, cassis and violets with spicy black pepper, intense berry flavours on the palate giving the wine a soft fullness balanced by fresh acidity and smooth tannins with a peppery finish. Food Pairings: Given the wines … More

Miss Savvy La Blanc of Marlborough 2019

A bright and beautifully expressive Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, light straw-yellow colour with green reflections, exuberant aromas of tropical fruit, stone fruit and citrus, from mango to white peach to zesty lime, followed by intense flavours with luscious fruit sweetness and and a minerality that’s practically fizzy, juicy with a lingering salty finish. Food … More

In Defense of Sommeliers

This is part of a conversation between Dr. B at buddha walks into a wine bar and I on the topic of what he calls “deplorable wine tasting notes” and the question of subjectivity vs. objectivity. In an effort to “steel man” his argument, Dr. B believes that wine tasting notes with an endless list … More

The Last Time

I’ve recently started a meditation course with the app called “Waking Up” by Sam Harris. It is the most thorough and practical guide I have found to mindfulness meditation, complete with guided meditation sessions and theory lessons to integrate into the practice. One particular theory lesson, called “The Last Time”, really struck me. Sam Harris … More

The Art of Visual Wine Tasting Notes. — Buddha Walks Into A Wine Bar ….

I’ve recently collaborated with Brian Metters, also known as Dr. B, on his new book “Its Not About Wine” in a chapter about wine and art. We’ve had numerous conversations about the topic of how wine is related to paintings, art movements such as cubism, and my visual tasting notes, which raised some interesting questions … More

Wine Tasting at Le Vigne di Raito

It is a very special feeling to be mesmerised and enchanted by the small things in life- something we experience as children and regretfully seem to forget as we grow older. Le Vigne di Raito is a small winery producing organic wines in the very small town of Raito along the Amalfi Coast. The town … More

Casa D’Ambra Biancolella 2018

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.

Cantina Terlan Chardonnay 2016

Tropical, lively and clean. Translucent straw yellow colour, intense, fresh aromas of tropical fruit such as banana, passion fruit and mango with hints of lemon and fresh flowers, light and fresh on the palate with high acidity and a clean finish with reoccurring notes of banana and passion fruit. Food pairings: with a light structure … More

Speri Amarone Vigneti di Monte Sant’Urbano 2012

A vigorous, bold and rich wine with lush aromas and impactful flavours. Compact garnet colour, complex aromas with a depth of expression, amarena cherry, roasted plums, dark berries, dried figs, dried violets, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon and clove, tabacco and liquorice, on the palate intense and vibrant with a medium-full body, surprisingly high acidity, velvety tannins … More