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…

Spring In Sicily


  The Society first visited Sicily in May 2004. A second small group wine and culture tour t00k place in May 2019     May and September probably are the best months to visit Sicily. EasyJet fly to Catania from Manchester thrice a week and the flight time is just over three hours. One could travel…

Letter From The Mosel – 3


    Tony Lee and Renna Benson are walking from Rotterdam to Assmannshausen. This is  their second letter from the Mosel     “It was early morning. The dozen or so people moved slowly around under the trees. They appeared to be dressed normally but with their heads bent down they avoided all eye contact.…

Letter From The Mosel – 2


  Tony Lee and Renna Benson are walking from Rotterdam to Assmannshausen. This is  their second letter from the Mosel   “The sign on the big plastic container on the market stall in Trier said Federweisse 2.50 euros for 0.2l. Was this the drink I remembered? I ordered a glass of the white liquid took…