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Feudo Disisa: Discovering Sicily

Feudo Disisa: Discovering Sicily

Sicily has a somewhat tense relationship with the rest of Italy. It is the kind of sentiment a lot of islanders have towards the mainland: where the customs and way of life of one are looked upon disapprovingly by the other. Speak to anyone from the small island of  Mull in Scotland, for example, and … Continued


Pint Sized: Visiting Orbit Beers

Pint Sized: Visiting Orbit Beers

It used to be that drinking beer involved a relatively simple choice: ale or lager at the pub, with a wider selection available at the local shop. Comparatively, wine presented an unwieldy plethora of possibilities, whereby the straightforward decision of which colour to have was only the beginning of a spiral into grape varieties, countries, … Continued


Hunter’s: A New Zealand Icon

Hunter’s: A New Zealand Icon

In 1986, an “unknown New Zealander” came to the attention of the world after winning the top prize at the Sunday Time Vintage Festival. At first this was thought to be simply a fluke. But then it happened again the following year, then the year after that, and so on. What was this fundamentally foreign … Continued


Capovilla: Grappa Like No Other

Capovilla: Grappa Like No Other

The general preconception of grappa is one of near disgust. Most have experienced grappa as a digestif consumed at the tail end of a meal of traditional Italian cuisine, either out of politeness or respect to the spirit of the occasion. Unfortunately the bad stuff is truly bad: reeking of acetone mixed with a foreboding … Continued