Lost wine – Vandals waste 80,000 litres of top Brunello di Montalcino wine

Just thought this might be of interest to some of you… what a shame, some great vintage wasted… from the UK Guardian.

Vandals waste 80,000 litres of top Brunello di Montalcino wine

Six years’ worth of Gianfranco Soldera’s Tuscan red wine, worth up to €500 a bottle, emptied on to cellar floor during break-in

A vineyard near the Tuscan town of Montalcino in Italy

A vineyard near the Tuscan town of Montalcino in Italy. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

One of Tuscany’s finest and priciest red wines is now a lot harder to find after vandals broke into the producer’s cellar and emptied 80,000 litres’ worth on to the floor. Continue reading

Christmas in Italy

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Christmas time in Italy can be wonderful, and while they don’t really decorate the cypress trees on this famous winding road, it was great fun to imagine what they would look like.  Florence in winter is lovely , far fewer tourists, some great cosy restaurants to find, the food markets full of hearty fare; the museums easy to access. Rome too is lovely in winter, warmer than Florence, well worth visiting when the tourist count is down, wander through the streets off the Piazza Farnese and discover new artisans and interesting window displays. We can tell you more when we talk.  Meanwhile – I wish all of you a lovely holiday season with family and friends.