My mission is to help people discover the wide world of wine beyond the big “international” grape varieties that dominate the global wine market and to help people learn to pair wine with food. I do this through regularly scheduled wine tastings in Brussels and online as well as by selling some of the wines that prove popular at my tastings.
The name Terre Mieli Cieli (pronounced TER-reh MYEL-ly, CHEL-ly) comes from the Italian words for Earth, Honey and Sky. The earth--think terroir--and sky--think weather--represent two of the most important elements for a great wine. The word Honey stands for the proverbial fruit of the land and what winemakers make of it.
Terre (lands) represents the terroir, the environment that a winemaker has to work with. That can mean soil that is more rocky, chalky or sandy or a latitude that lends itself to one kind of grape or another.
Mieli (honeys) stands for the fruit of the land and of our labour, whether it be wine, beer or spirits. Luck helps, but consistently producing results worth talking about takes careful planning and more than a little bit of skill. Ultimately, taste and beauty are subjective. The trick is knowing your audience and producing results that click.
Cieli represents the inevitable element of luck that keeps us humble. The Italians call it la fortuna, which can mean both good fortune and bad. The best vineyard and practices can be brought low by something as random as frost or a hailstorm.