Voluntary support

Thank you for your support

Please consider a voluntary payment. Each year, in the winter/spring, I travel to Italy to make all of the important wine fairs (VinItaly, ViniVeri, ProWein, etc.). In the fall/winter, I typically arrive a week before Sangiovese harvest in Chianti, and depart a week or two before Christmas. These months from Oct-Dec is reserved for more intimate visits, and vintage assessment. Nearly all of my travel is by car, and it’s typically 12,000-20,000 km each year through most, if not all of Italy’s wine regions. I do all of this on my own – I accept no form of payment from producers, no guesthouses, no dinners, nothing. I pay my way, and I don’t use points. The road less traveled.


If you find that there’s some value here, please consider helping with a donation. The very vast amount of donations go toward a scholarship for sommeliers that I’ve established – most somms/students are young, and couldn’t possibly join me for 2-3 weeks without working their job/pay; the scholarship (two sommelier/students per year – one from Italy, and the other candidate from anywhere in the world) is entirely to support them, not me. If you wish to thank me, you can do so via Venmo @Tim-Heaton-17