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The Grapes of Wrath

On one of my forays along the Arno I came across a creeper that was covered with what I described to myself as “lumpy leaves’. So lumpy in fact, that at first I thought they were berries. 470 more words


A foggy day in December

Temperatures are dropping, and clouds descend to bathe us in damp fog..

House of sorrow

A house enshrouded in sorrow
so sun turns away his smile… 202 more words

Framboise, the traditional grape of Nice?

In 2010 a Niçois manifesto was written encouraging people in the area around Nice to replant a grape variety known as framboise, claiming it was part of… 1,067 more words

Phylloxera: The Bug that Saved the Whisky Industry

Looking at the worldwide popularity of whisky these days, few whisky drinkers would guess that the contents of their glass might have been very different, had it not been for the interference of a tiny insect native to North America. 1,264 more words


Domaine Vassal - wine world's heritage site

On October 8th a group of vignerons paid a visit to Domaine Vassal in Marseillan Plage, I was happy to be invited to join them. The visit boosted my growing interest in ampelography as well as being great fun, of which more later. 911 more words


Etna Mount Sicily

What a spectacular view over mount Etna, the crater dominates the sky and the views over the coast. The trip to Etna was very interesting despite the lack of infrastructure there. 395 more words

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