Errazuriz Acongagua Costas Pinot noir 2014

 

Lovely nose of cherry and red currants with earthy undertones and remnants of oak. I enjoyed this pinot noir from Errazuriz much more than I thought I would. The tannin is silky and gentle in the mouth adding to its attractiveness. I immediately thought I recognised Burgundian traits in this wine; a richness and morishness of good village wine. 

 

An excellent food wine for dishes at this time of year. We enjoyed this with slow cooked lamb, roast potatoes and plenty of chat.

I think next time I’ll ease off on the chat and take some time out with the glass of fine juice!!

Very nice and not badly prices at about £17 a bottle.

Buy online here:http://www.winedirect.co.uk/errazuriz-single-vineyard-aconcagua-costa-pinot-noir-2013

Other retailers include: Stone Vine & Sun, Cheers Wine Merchant, Hoults, Eagle wines, Noel Young, R Campbell and

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.