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'The IT people changed the system but never told us!'

Turkish wines by the Galen

In Turkey recently as guests of the Turkish Society of Hematology, Giovanni Morelli was able to visit a vineyard owned by the neurosurgeon, taste some lovely blends, and take in one of Greek physician Galen’s ancient workplaces.

Vintage advice from the 18th Century

Given a Christmas present of a facsimile of Irish physician Dr Edward Barry’s 1775 book on wine, Giovanni Morelli believes its observations are as relevant today as they were in the 18th Century.

2015 — a vintage year

Giovanni Morelli learns 2015 will probably produce the best Sangiovese vintage for 15 years, and that sometimes you can judge a wine simply by looking at the label.

The wine merchant of Venice

Giovanni Morelli hits the autostrade to sample some of the fine artwork at the current Venice Biennale, tasting some proper road-side coffee and some some wines from the Dolomites along the way.

Under Tuscan skies

As well as the birthplace of great art, Tuscany has a wealth of interesting wines, including those from Maremma on the region’s west coast, says Giovanni Morelli.

A whole lotta rosé

Giovanni Morelli selects three completely different tasting bottles of rosé for you this week, and encourages readers to once again try some interesting Beaujolais

Cede to Chia’s art and wine

As well as giving this month’s selected offerings from Tuscany and Tesco, Giovanni Morelli’s highlight of the past few months was undoubtedly a trip to meet the famous artist and winemaker Sandro Chia.

Turning water into wine

Following the French presidency and Irish Water Company controversies, Giovanni Morrelli finds new meaning in the catchphrase ‘The French Paradox’ and takes a swipe at the water utility for flooding us with scandals before supplying a single drop of water.