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The days don’t have a structure anymore and that’s great for me. It took a virus, a surrealist natural force to give me the ultimate liberation much desired

Daytime and evening pass by and can’t make the distinction anymore. Activities reserved for the night time find their way during the day and vice versa. Days pass and sometimes I don’t leave home unless it is to pick the occasional wine order or food

It is a paradise for me. While others lament the loss of social contact, I find myself in delight drinking great bottles of wine and looking through virtual art galleries. Mind you, I still take care of a child which every day is becoming more autosufficient.

My wine collection is taking a coup d’état and my freezer is taking a hit. Alas, this is great because once this is over, I can replenish again from friends and private imports.

This is what I have been drinking in the past few days..

I do miss the tastings, my wine colleagues and the occasional going out to the restaurant with my daughter. As time passes this is becoming a fading memory. I am adapting fast. Maybe.

I have been separated since december from my spouse but much longer from the local wine trade. Perhaps, I will be reviewing mainstream wines once this is over. I am very curious to see to see how the wine media will look alike after the post crisis.

Nothi

Bajola 2018

Bajola Orange is a skin contact (orange) wine made from a field blend of grapes – Vermentino, Viognier, Incrocio Manzoni, Malvasia delle Lipari, and Sauvignon Blanc -grown on the island of Ischia, Campania, Southern Italy. Extended maceration on the skins, spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in “palmenti” cement vats, unfiltered, unfined. 

This one of the wildest orange wines that I have ever tasted. It has a racy acidity and packed with some of the most perplexing flavours of grapefruit with autumn spices. A crazy finale. Well paired with chickpeas rice with broccoli. It is $44.76 ( six pack case) uand available with the good people of Bacchus 76.

SP 68 with homemade pizza

Another amazing wine that I have enjoyed is the SP 68 red 2014 by Ariana Occhipinti. You can buy the current vintage 2018 for the modest price of $32.75. Every year, I buy a few and keep it for the cellar. It has a flair of a Morgon but with a sunny side. The 2014 is evolving quite nicely displaying notes of pitted black cherry with smoked pepper and animal notes. It is round with mature tannins. Good acidity with an elegant funky note. Arianna’s wines don’t need an introduction. This is a half half blend of Frappato and Nero d’Avola.

Cantina Margo is the project of Carlo Tabarrini, one of the luminaries of the Italian natural wine world. Years ago, my introduction to natural wines included some of their wines. From Umbria with love, Carlo plants old clones of Sangiovese, Grechetto and Trebbiano grapes without controlling the temperature and no filtration.

This is a high class Sangiovese. A bit balsamic with fantastic concentration of red fruits and wild flowers. It has a beautiful balance and structure which entice you to have more. Pure Bliss. Represented by Vinealis.