Five go to Caper island: discovering Malvasia on the Aeolian island of Salina

Salina is formed from two volcanoes

We fly into Catania (Sicily) and drive past Mount Etna to the port of Melazza. A €20 Euro high-speed ferry (Liberty Lines) takes us to the island of Salina. The only seat left is next to a couple with a dog: they think this is an inconvenience to me, but […]

Kozlović Santa Lucia, a lovely rich Croatian white

Trying this right now. It’s a Malvasia from Istria in Croatia, and it’s quite compelling. I’ve tried a few of these Kozlović wines, and I’ve been impressed by them. I’m not sure of the packaging (the bottle shape is a bit odd – a tall Bordeaux shape with a skinny neck), but the contents are […]

Two great wines with dinner: Zidarich Malvasia and Jamsheed Garden Gully Syrah

Had Ryan Mostert and Samantha Suddons over for dinner on Thursday night. They are a young couple working at one of South Africa’s most exciting wineries, Reyneke, and so we opened a lot of nice bottles. 11 in all, between four of us. (But we’re lightweights, and we didn’t drink all of them to the […]