The story behind A Good Nose...
The inspiration behind A Good Nose.Com is David Eley's long held ambition to describe the very best in modern wine and gastronomy with well-crafted words and beautiful pictures online. The stories of truly great winemakers, culinary artists and the landscape they inhabit will be shared through privileged access combined with stunning presentation. A Good Nose is well placed to visit the very best in European gastronomy and viticulture. Within the coming months we will feature and introduce a broad spectrum of modern chefs, winemakers and suppliers at the vanguard of food and wine.
David Eley is best known for his paintings depicting wine and food subjects. He writes features for The World of Fine Wine (Quarto) and is preparing a book of essays on the world's most exciting chefs. David lives with his world famous miniature Dachshund ‘Barton' in St Jean de Luz and Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world together with a long suffering wife Linda and two beautiful daughters, Daisy and Benty. A professional artist for over 27 years David has concentrated on fine wine and gastronomy for fourteen, painting the vignerons, vineyards and chefs. He is passionate about claret and adores good wine in general. Since his original introduction to the upper echelons of French winemaking through his friendship with a distinguished London wine merchant, he has gained extraordinary access to the winemaker's world, counting among his friends many of the top chateaux proprietors (especially those with a sense of humour). Living much of the year on the Spanish/French frontier near San Sebastian in the heart of the Basque country, David is surrounded by a galaxy of Michelin starred chefs.
Until his move to France in 2002 he was represented by a well known West End gallery, with clients comprising mostly British and American collectors. The subject of an illustrated feature article in Winespectator magazine, his work is exhibited around the world from Christies to the Arctic Circle. His most recent French exhibition being a two man show with works by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers. When not painting or writing David will often be found rocketing through the Medoc on the route des chateaux with Barton in the passenger seat stopping off to collect the latest wine news, or if really pressed, to taste something quite wonderful.