A co-operative of thirty farms, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci was established in 1961 – at the time only selling wine by the barrel. In 1971 they launched two bottles: the white, Collebello, has since been confined to the annuls of history, however the red, Leonardo Chianti, is still going strong.

Though the stated blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% “other red grapes” may be a tad non-specific – don’t be deterred by the poor choice of wording on the label.

Initially, rich and silky red in the glass – light reveals a clear, intensely bright colour. On the nose, plenty of fresh dark cherries, mixed with spice and a touch of pepper.

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It is human nature to categorise.

Ever since the caveman first simplified his world into two distinct lists:

1. I can eat this

2. This will eat me

we haven’t looked back.

We automatically place everything we see or do into a category or bracket. It is the only possible way to cope with the sheer amount of information we are exposed to on a daily basis and then, in turn, make rational decisions based on that information.

When buying wine we are subjected to countless categorisation – from colour, to grape, to country, to region… and, of course, price.

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Fine wine is a rich man’s game.

Now we’ve got that out of the way we can all pack up and go home. Well, not quite. The enjoyment of a deliciously crafted, beautifully structured wine can be experienced by anyone and on any budget.

As a general rule, the standard of good quality wine will increase with it’s price. However, that is far from the end of the story, most notably because – not all wine is ‘good quality’ in the first place, with the market saturated by anonymous labels and ‘quantity over quality’ branded bottles.

As I will undoubtedly mention many times on this blog – a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to choosing and buying wine. In this case, if you can learn a little about a few quality vineyards and/or winemakers, you can use their knowledge to lead you on the road to better drinking.

Finding a collection of names you can trust is imperative to consistent quality wine buying on any budget.

All renowned winemakers have extremely well established reputations, and it is hugely beneficial for them that these reputations are upheld throughout the entire breadth of their enterprise.

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Just for a moment, let’s pretend that the summer sun is more than just a mere memory. Here’s an extraordinarily fruity Sicilian red that makes for excellent summer drinking – Planeta, Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

The first and only D.O.C.G. in Sicily – Cerasuolo di Vittoria has somewhat of a reputation for standing out from the crowd. With it’s uniquely vibrant colour, perfume and taste.

A classic blend of native Sicilian grapes – Nero d’Avola and Frappato – Cerasuolo di Vittoria positively screams ripe fruit at you from the glass. Waves of glorious cherries fill your nose and continue across your tongue, complimented by Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to The Drinking Man.

This is a website dedicated to the enjoyment of wine. Be it the enjoyment gained from sipping a refreshing glass of Sauvignon Blanc on a sunny terrace, or from storing that special bottle of Saint Emilion Grand Cru in a cellar for 25 years or more.

Wine is part of all our lives (well if you found yourself here I presume it is!) and I believe that you deserve to enjoy your wine to the fullest.
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