Torres Chile


  Miguel Torres was one of the first foreign investors to buy land in Chile, attracted by the special climatic conditions of this region.   In 1979 Torres purchased one hundred hectares of vineyard in Maquehua, San Francisco Norte and Cordillera and a winery located in the Curicó Valley.  With him, Miguel Torres brought his family’s…

Autumn Lunch – 2017


    Autumn was Pushkin’s favourite season. In my days in Russia, autumn was magical for me too. Spring was joyous with bud break after the long bleak winter, chirping birds, happy, smiling girls in colourful frocks free of the burden of winter furs, the comforting sound of gurgling brooks. But, autumns were special with…

Rhone, Champagne & Burgundy – Day 8


  Adieu Reims… They left Reims in the late morning. Some walked to the Saturday market to buy seasonal produce for a picnic lunch en route to Zeebrugge. This is the time of year for fresh, soft, creamy walnuts you could break open with your bare hands. Some had another look at the Chagall stained glass windows…

Rhone, Champagne & Burgundy – Day 7


Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet I like grower champagnes and Gimonnet is one of my favourite grower-producers. Every time I am in the Champagne region, I visit Didier Gimonnet in Cuis to taste and chat. Often, he gives me lunch as well. Cuis, in the Cote de Blancs, is a Premier Cru Village. Champagne, unlike other wine regions…