This wine has travelled a long way to get to the UK… as the name of the bodega states, from the end of the world.

It’s a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec and has had 15 months in oak and a few in the bottle ageing. The label is substantial, being engraved in metal and stuck onto one of the heaviest wine bottles I have ever held. If climate change is an issue for wine production, then this wine might make an ample drop to consume as the world world goes up in flames (a Google translate definition of ‘Del Fin Del Mundo’ shows up as “Doomsday”!). 

del fin del mundo bottle

So does the taste justify the means?

There is no doubting the quality of the wine, even after a few minutes of being open the aromas of chocolate, plum, cherry, pepper and gentle vanilla reach out and caress the nostrils. The colour is a rich carmine, not opaque but dark and attractive.

To drink this wine is a pleasure on its own; silky tannins that coat the mouth, the acidity and fruit are delicious. It’s got a beautiful balance that assures me that this wine is at the beginning of it’s life cycle. I would like to taste it throughout the ensuing decade, year by year, to follow its development.

The alcohol content is 14.5%, which is at the higher end of my preferred drinking levels. It is doubtless a wine that can tackle the heartiest of foods and at this time of year make sure you’re serving with the best quality steak, the best quality lamb cutlets with herbs, or the finest roasted vegetables. What ever the pairing, make sure that the food has cojonas… because this Del Fin Del Mundo Special Blend certainly does!

In the UK this wine can be ordered from www.ndjohn.co.uk for £19.99

 

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.