Splendor in the Glass

Arturo Ciompi's blog on wine


“I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me.” – Winston Churchill

With Paul Draper, owner and winemaker at Ridge Vineyards. We’re at Lytton Springs, in the Dry Creek Valley of California.

Welcome to “Splendor in the Glass”, where I share my 25 years’ experience as a wine professional. To see what I’m currently reviewing, go to the “Weekly Tastings” section of my blog. There you’ll find what I call the “GBU” – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – of current releases.  Other links will take you to articles which have appeared the Herald-Sun Newspaper, the Independent Weekly, altweeklies.com, Durham Magazine, and other outlets.  There are also links to audios of a weekly radio spot I did on NPR.

I spent many years as a professional classical clarinetist and am pleased to also share my music with you here; just click on Music. If you don’t want to be serenaded while you browse, simply lower the volume on your device.

Your feedback is most welcome, and I do hope you will write to me. I also hope you and your wine-loving friends will become regular visitors to Splendor in the Glass!


Arturo Ciompi

1982 – a young me looks over the 1964 Borgogno and Bersano Barolo Riservas in Torino, Italy. Cost? $5 each


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