Tag Archives: Sicily

Nelson, Marsala and the Mary Whitehouse Experience

I wrote something for History Today magazine on perhaps my favourite place in the world, Sicily, and Marsala, its rather forgotten fortified wine. There an extract below which you can click on it to read the entire thing. This probably dates … Continue reading

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Extract from Empire of Booze – Sicily

I’ve put an extract from my forthcoming book, Empire of Booze, up on the Dabbler website. I’m probably about halfway through the book and hoping it will appear as planned in very early 2016 or even extremely late 2015.  From the top … Continue reading

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Why it’s better to drink wine with those you love

It’s been a long time since I last posted. I’ve been busy working on my still-nascent-but-perhaps-actually-about-to happen-book which is very exciting (potentially.) Less excitingly but more lucratively I have been writing travel guides to cities that I’ve never visited. Normally … Continue reading

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Falling in love with the wines of Sicily

The island of Sicily has a special place in my heart as I met my wife there. We were both on a classic car rally and, feeling a little out of place, were drawn to each other. One of the … Continue reading

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And the winner is. . .

Thank you everyone who entered the competition to win a bottle of Cantina Florio Terre Arse 2000. There were entries from poets, novelists, academics, radio producers, wine merchants and sofa salesman. Special mentions should go to Lynn Roberts for rhyming … Continue reading

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Swarthy Chicken for Magical Realists

World of Booze is branching out into food. Man cannot live on booze alone; I know cos I’ve tried. This week we have guest writer Misti Traya cooking with Marsala. She is using Florio’s Terre Arse which is really too … Continue reading

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Drinking and driving

It was a correspondence with Richard Ross from Wine Lines that made me ponder whether there was a link between a love of cars and a love of wine. Mr Ross’s own particular money pit is an MGA 1600. On … Continue reading

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