Les Violettes Syrah 2012

Stoke up the fires, sharpen the knives and start chopping the rosemary and sage for Autumn has arrived.

It’s not just a palate of colours that signals the arrival of Autumn… our tasting palate is looking for something a little rounder, warmer and comforting too. This latest wine tip is a delicious syrah by one of Secret Sommelier’s favourite producers, Jean-Luc Colombo.

La Violette Syrah 2012 is a perfect wine for enjoying throughout Autumn, with a range of herbaceous aromas evoking Provence, a lovely scent of violets intermingling, tickling the senses.

You can match this with a wide range of autumnal dishes including roast lamb cutlets infused with rosemary & garlic… hmm.. slow roasted shanks…

This is not a complex wine but hugely pleasurable and real bargain, especially if you are buying cases online where the price drops under £8 a bottle.

This wine meets the terms of our motto: Why take 1 when 6 is more efficient?

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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.