Cune Reserva, 2010, Rioja from Spain

Lovely mix of cherry, vanilla, chocolate caramel. The tannins is so silky and seductive it will keep even the most controlled sipper coming back for more. a benchmark classic Rioja. Aside from simply enjoying on it’s own, this pairs perfectly with grilled red meats, charcuterie, oily mushrooms and so on. A must try!


Waitrose, Islington wine, Majestic and many others


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.