If you're looking for Prosecco or Pinot Grigio you're in the wrong place...

Those ubiquitous wines from Italy have about as much in common with fine wine as I do with Kim Kardashian.

There is a marked difference in quality between a Prosecco or Pinot Grigio and a fine wine.

What is "fine wine"? Well, we define it as wine that comes from a specific, identifiable place and has a long-standing reputation for high quality. A fine wine has a lovely colour, an attractive bouquet, and balance, flavour, and smoothness.

Fine wine is usually, but not necessarily, more expensive than the norm – but an expensive wine is not necessarily a fine wine. High prices often get paid for wines that are fashionable, or rare, or both, regardless of quality.     

A fine wine should offer intellectual and sensual rewards. It is a wine that is not only pleasurable to drink but also worth talking about and thinking about.

Tasting wines is like reading books. You read many and only a few leave an indelible mark. These are the fine wines.