I find happiness in an honest meal. Whether it's a simple pasta or an exquisite risotto, a perfectly cooked steak or an intricately prepared curry, all great dishes are a seamless blend of ingredients and indulgence, of style and substance.


Many poets have waxed philosophical about the values and virtues of wine, about its power and principles, its joy and attraction.


Travel isn't about the destination; it's about the journey. It is about the people and places you meet along the way.


As I crisscross the globe I often discover innovative wine products, new gadgets or the perfect gift for wine lovers; and so I have created a collection of Wine Portfolio merchandise.


Wine can sometimes seem complicated and intimidating but it doesn't have to be. Wine should bring joy not stress and you don't have to be an expert to learn to love wine.


47 ice cube trays for the chillest people you know

February 25, 2017 2:21 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

For those times when only a cocktail will do, we suggest you elevate your ice and make the cocktail a true work of art.

Take advantage of this golden age of novelty ice molds. Amazon The kinds of molds you want in your house As the temperature warms and the sun starts to beat down on my back, I’m thinking about ice cubes—and not the boring square ice molds, either. In this era of silicone molds—which, as Pop Sci’s editor… read more


La Bottega del 30: Chianti’s Michelin Starred Hideaway in Paradise

February 2, 2017 8:20 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat


VILLA A SESTA, ITALY, February 2, 2017 – La Bottega del 30 is an extraordinary Michelin-starred restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Villa A Sesta in the hills of Tuscany 15 miles east of Sienna. The lifetime achievement of Franco and Helene Stoquelet, and in its 20th year holding a Michelin star, the actual experience of… read more


Taiwan Whisky Pioneer Is Winning Awards

December 14, 2016 3:39 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


For five decades, Lee Tien-tsai developed his business empire amid the paddy fields, gorges and mountains of his rural birthplace in northeastern Taiwan. But for all his success, the laborer’s son—who started out selling mosquito-repelling incense as a teenager in the 1950s and went on to become one of the island’s richest men—always harbored a final… read more


The Ultimate Wine Cheat Sheet

November 28, 2016 3:55 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink



Terroir by the glass

September 17, 2016 11:13 am - Posted by Jody in Drink


Terroir by the glass

One of Chile’s ultra-premium winemakers is touring Asia with a star chef, and standing the traditional wine-dinner concept on its head Few people would have the nerve to ask a former three-star Michelin chef to eat dirt. But that’s more or less what Don Melchor winemaker Enrique Tirado did when he began to plan his current… read more


German Wines Threatened by Rain

August 16, 2016 9:02 am - Posted by Jody in Learn


Storms, torrential rain and heavy rain bring the German winemakers – especially in the southwest – in Existenznot. In Rhineland-Palatinate, for example, the rainfall of an entire year fell in the first half of 2016th For growers a disaster, because the wet summer leads to increased fungal infection of the vines and threatened the harvest. For weeks, therefore the vintners fighting in the wine producing regions already against attack of downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola), to save her wine.

In Rhineland-Palatinate, the state with the largest wine-growing area, the crop failure is so far estimated at approximately 20 percent; in individual layers even threatening a total failure. In particular, the 1300 Eco-wineries in the country have problems: The specific provisions for organic wine producers limit the selection and use of chemical pesticides. The use of copper, the most important crop protection active ingredient in organic farming, is reaching its limits. Copper is washed off by the rain again from the vine and does not penetrate, such as systemic pesticides into the plant itself. Therefore, the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate has now launched a large scale project with the active ingredient potassium phosphonate on the State Winery Bad Kreuznach, the organic winegrowers can join.

As the wine quality of the vintage 2016 will ultimately be, now depends on the weather the next few weeks. In the 13 German wine-growing regions, there are about 102,500 hectares of vineyards and approximately 43.3000 wine producers The largest German wine-growing area is located in Rhineland-Palatinate, with approximately 64,000 hectares, followed by Baden-Württemberg with around 27,000 hectares (details Federal Statistical Office 2015).


Wine, Travel, Food – WTF Episode 17

April 27, 2016 2:30 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

This week Jody strays away from Wine, Travel and Food. His WTF moment is thanks to something else. Check it out.


Wine, travel, Food – WTF Episode 16

April 20, 2016 2:40 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

Jody has opinions. he is a TV Host and as a weekly video blog to express them. Need we say more?


Wine, Travel, Food – WTF Episode 15

April 13, 2016 1:37 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

Jody’s weekly diatribes continue and this week’s WTF is especially juicy.


Wine, Travel, Food – WTF Episode 14

April 6, 2016 2:34 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

We’re back again fr another installment of WTF – you just can’t stop Jody.