Tasting Ataraxia


  “Established in 2004, Ataraxia is a boutique winery located in the scenic area of Walker Bay in South Africa. The idea for the winery was conceptualised when a couple purchased 50 hectares of vineyards along with their friends. These vineyards were located at an elevated level at the backdrop of Babylons Toren Mountain Range.…

Wines Of Mullineux


Harrogate Medical Wine Society hosted a tasting of the top-end wines of the celebrated Swartland producer Mullineux & Leeu in July 2019 in association with Mullineux Wines and their UK agent – Field, Morris & Verdin. The tasting was tutored by Damian Carrington, assisted by Michelle Barrie of Field Morris & Verdin   Mullineux &…

The Valley Of Temples


  Well, it is not really a valley. The seven Doric Greek temples, built between 6th and 5th century BC, actually sit on a ridge 3km south of the hilltop town of Agrigento in Sicily. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the largest archaeological park in the world at 1300 hectares. A wide avenue…

48 Hours In Favara


  We could see Favara from the highway as we drove up from Vittoria, sitting on top of the Monte Caltafaraci hill, bathed in late afternoon sunshine. We negotiated the narrow, twisting streets of the old town to reach the little square in front of the Chiesa Madre di Favara. The coach could go no further…

Tasting Occhipinti


  Arianna Occhipinti graduated from University of Milan’s school of viticulture and enology and started growing wine with one hectare of land in Vittoria. Her first vintage, at the age of 22, was made in a family farmhouse.  In 2013 she relocated to a purpose-built winery surrounded by 22 hectares of biodynamically farmed Frappato, Nero d’Avola,…

Eating & Drinking In Ortygia


  During a 48 hours stay in Ortygia in the spring of 2019, we ate and drank pretty well – mainly sea food and pasta with sea urchins, sardines and anchovies in small, quaint, family-run restaurants where mostly locals ate. Sicilian cuisine shows traces of all the cultures which established themselves on the island over the last…