Errazuriz Cabernet sauvignon, single vineyard 2009Fancy a drop of gutsy red?  I may have what you're looking for.  The Errazuriz cabernet sauvignon 2009 is good bet for Tesco shoppers.  The bottle has a tall straight sided proud shape so sensing something bestial on the horizon I pulled the Vinturi aerator out of its docking station and began to pour.

The Vinturi, as I said in an earlier post, is a very handy bit of kit for the wine nerd, allowing for some rapid opening of the wine.  For balance sake I poured a control glass of un-aerated wine.  Tasted side by side this was a little austere with hard tannins.  The Vinturi'ed glass had more of the dark fruit starting to show through.  Very rich, leathery with spice and liquorice.  

The more it had time to breathe, the more fruitiness became apparent but this should be noted as a big wine.  It is labeled 'Single Vineyard'  highlighting the pride that is taken in producing this wine.  

I enjoyed this wine as it started to soften a little more.  No doubt it could do with a few years aging to give it a bit more roundness but still, I enjoyed it.  Errazuriz make good wines across their range and are well worth trying out.

Errazuriz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Vineyard, 2009, Chile.
Tesco, £14.50



Winemaker and owner Nicola D’Auria greeted us at the entrance of this fascinating cantina. The winery and cellars have been designed by Rocco valentini in the shape of a vertical barrel in order to immerse the tasters senses in wine.

 

East from Roma to Abruzzo

From Rome we headed east to Abruzzo, a region of Italy that rises up like a burly landlord to greet the traveller. The Apennine mountains at their tops are stark and beautiful, lonely, yet fulsome. Rustic doesn’t quite do this landscape justice. It’s a place for pilgrims, peace lovers and, of course, we followers of Bacchic and gastronomic pleasure.

 

After days of picking grapes in one of the world’s most famous wine regions, the pickers get together to drink, chat and enjoy the drinks they are meticulously involved in the making of. 

Also check out local winemaker, Nico’s, top tip for a white Burgundy from Saint Aubin that you don’t have to travel to Burgundy to get!

 

What started in El Quatre Gats tapas bar in Barcelona, soon became an adventure in the Marche region of Italy, that lies along the east coast facing Albania across the Adriatic Sea. El Quatre Gats is famously where Picasso had his first solo exhibition as a young edgy artists in the Catalan capital and I was there dining with Dr Pia Casarini Wadhams, Director of Italy’s only Polar Institute, Il Polo.

 

The Palazzo is located in the centre of Fermo, a small Roman hilltop town with a rich history dating back to antiquity. Flying from abroad, Ancona is the closest airport, 67km north (about an hours drive) along the coast of the Adriatic sea.