Matthew's World of Wine and Drink

About Matthew's World of Wine and Drink.

This blog began as a record of taking the WSET Diploma, during which I studied and explored wines and spirits made all around the world. Having passed the Diploma and become a WSET Certified Educator, the blog has become much more: a continual outlet for my passion for the culture of wine, spirits, and beer.

I aim to educate in an informal, enlightening, and engaging manner. As well as maintaining this blog to track my latest enthusiasms, I provide educational tastings for restaurants and for private groups. Details can be found on the website, and collaborations are welcome.

Wine is my primary interest and area of expertise and this blog aims to immerse the reader in the history of wine, to understand why wine tastes like it does, and to explore all the latest news. At the same time, beer and spirits will never be ignored. 

For the drinker, whether casual or professional, today is a good time to be alive.

Maeli Fior d'Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG 2015

Maeli Fior d'Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG 2015

Yet another distinctive white wine from Italy, a country that will never cease to surprise. The grape variety here is Fior d'Arancio. Never heard of it? Me neither. Except I had. In true Italian fashion, Fior d'Arancio is a name only used in the Colli Euganei DOCG in Veneto. Elsewhere, it's called Moscato Giallo or Yellow Muscat (to add to the confusion, it's called Goldenmuskateller in Alto-Adige and Orange Muscat in California). It's part of the vast family of Muscat grapes, all of which have their own characteristics (particularly in the size of their berries) but are defined by grape and floral aromas.

Eliza Dilavanzo is the winemaker, supported by Prosecco producers Bisol. She works only with Fior d'Arancio planted on a steep hill 230m above sea level overlooking Venice. It's quite a labour of love to only make wines from one grape variety, and one that has an obscure local name, but that's her cause.

The wine is recognisably Muscat: very aromatic, with white flowers, grapes, stone and tropical fruits, and very rich on the palate. All strains of Muscat often feel sweet on the palate, even when they're not. Even though acidity is relatively low, that richness makes the wine a good food pairing rather than one to be sipped on its own.

Price: $25

Vintage: 2015

Grape Variety: Fior d'Arancio/Moscato Giallo

Region: Colli Euganei, Veneto

Alcohol: 12.5%

Ageing: 8 months in stainless steel

Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Drink: now-2019

Food pairing: vegetable soups, spicy food


Quinta do Infantado Late Bottled Vintage 2009

Quinta do Infantado Late Bottled Vintage 2009

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2015

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2015