Michael Palij was born in Canada and lives in the UK but he is now at heart an Italian and visits the country more than 20 times a year. His expert knowledge and guidance ensure that his company Winetraders imports and sells the finest Italian wines in the UK Ireland Spain Norway Canada Sweden Barbados Japan and Australia.
Michael is also acknowledged to be one of the UK's finest wine tutors. A Master of Wine since 1995 he very much enjoys educating others in the enjoyment and appreciation of fine wines and his education company Winematters now has branches in the UK Ireland and the Caribbean.
Piemonte makes a genuine claim to be the most iconic of all of Italy's iconic wine regions home to the famed weighty Barolo and Barberesco. Within Piemonte there are also the much underrated Barbera and Dolcetto grapes best known for their red wines from Alba and Asti. For those who prefer white wines Piemonte is also home to the Cortese grape best for Gavi or Gavi di Gavi and the tragically rare Timorasso grape which although it makes wines of excellent intensity and balance was nigh on extinct all but 30 years ago.