Despite the downturn in the economy, senior editor and bureau chief James Suckling still goes out for dinner on a regular basis, usually to family-run eateries, or trattorie, in Tuscany, where he lives. They offer much better value than restaurants with big names or Michelin stars, and he often finds the food is just as good.
But top-quality wine has become expensive in Italy, as elsewhere around the world, and particularly in restaurants. So he tends to order whites from Friuli, or even Slovenia, from the wine lists. He thinks they represent great value for their quality, and also drink well with fish, his usual choice when he dines out.