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Posted by David Eley on 07-07-2008

As many of you will know, building a website can take over your life and for the last year or so, A Good Nose.Com has done just that. As a writer and artist I enjoy the idea of discovering new and original concepts within fine wine and gastronomy, through the construction of AGN I have met so many wonderful people, encountered so much that is new and have hardly known where to begin when choosing the first dynamic subjects to upload in time for our much postponed launch.

I hope visitors to A Good Nose.Com will understand it is something of a work in progress, and though many elements are complete, there is much more to be done. Therefore, I seek the indulgence of first time visitors and hope you will value and support our objectives in presenting innovative and exciting new chefs, winemakers and food producers alongside the well established Michelin stars, great chateaux and domains. Through the privileged access, creative prose and special images I hope you will find our pages entertaining and informative. I am not a critic and intend only to present those whose work I admire and respect, I hope you might recognize the inspirational qualities of those featured within our diaries and online features and communicate your own thoughts, criticisms and comments to the Nose Blog. In order to receive regular updates on brand new Micro-sites, diaries, features and paintings, do please register for our e-Newsletter ‘Picture Post'.


I believe what will be particularly interesting to wine lovers is the rapidly expanding Micro-site ‘The New Douro’ – for me this is a truly exciting wine adventure. The Douro valley in northern Portugal is a place unlike any other and the new classic table wines from this region provide an authentic vinous snapshot of great terroir and an amazing people, underpinned by a noble wine heritage. In addition, we plan to bring you new stories from modern gastronomy, including the youthful Ducasse protégé Cédric Béchade - pushing the boundaries of the French New wave in the Basque country, to the world’s most enigmatic chef Yoshiaki Takazawa in Tokyo, we will launch our Micro-site ‘Going Dutch’ in the autumn/winter and the modern Indian movement will follow soon after – it is a busy year ahead!

Finally, I must mention ‘The Wine Spy’ (please see navigation box on the right), this section of AGN will bring regular news and inside stories of wine discoveries from around the vinous world, sourced from local experts. This cumulative knowledge will, I hope, enlighten and inform readers, while placing great emphasis on value for money fine wines – our dedicated section launches online July 2008.


Thank you for visiting A Good Nose.Com


David S. Eley

St Jean de Luz, July 2008.


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Posted on 31-07-2008

Hi Fred, thank you and welcome: I certainly remember our time together and am glad you have found A Good Nose. I do hope you spotted your image on the Niepoort micro-site... hard at work sorting the Rabigato grapes at Nápoles! I expect we might see one another again this year. Best, David.



Posted on 30-07-2008

David, What "A Good Idea". Great Photos and Reports. Awesome in every aspect. Thanks for sharing all this stuff and keep coming with great contents like those already here. Congratulations, JR



Posted on 30-07-2008

Hello David, it was great to meet you last year during the harvest at Napoles. This website has evolved into something amazing considering the early stages you did show me. I'll be a regular here :) Hopefully we'll meet again around some good wines and food somewhere. Fred



Posted on 10-07-2008

Greetings from Portugal!!! Congratulations David. Your work will provide to all of us who has interests in fine wine and gastronomy a huge range of information concerning all the subjects that you write about. All the best, Rui



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