I was making my way through Portobello market today picking up some various food bits from the vegetable sellers and suchlike when it dawned on me that a bottle of something nice ought to be procured for drinking when I got home. 

Portobello street photo
Jeroboams have a little store there just off the main drag so I meandered towards the Duke of Wellington pub where a chap who looked like he had been bathing in methylated spirits for the entire winter period was miming to some heavy metal tune whilst playing air guitar on a tennis racket.

Morellino Di Scansano, Rinaldone Dell'Osa 2010This particular branch of the Jeroboams mini-chain's Italian section, it has to be said, is a little meagre, but then the shop itself is pretty tight.  I was actually looking for a primitivo from Puglia on the heel of Italy.  With a half shoulder of lamb slow roasting in the oven at home, I wanted some fruit and herbaceous style to inject into the feast.

The young assistant informed me they had no wines from Puglia "at the moment" but I could try this light little number from Tuscany, which at £10 was a good value bottle.

With a label painted, as opposed to designed, in a style somewhere between Howard Hodgkin and Rothko, with the deeper reds approaching carmin, there was only one way to get a taste of Italy this evening.

Morellino Di Scansano, Rinaldone Dell'Osa 2010 from Tuscany is presented well and a beautiful ruby colour with light just passing through.  On the nose it is approachable with red fruits tantalising the mind.

In the mouth it is light and refreshing, spilling red fruits and bright cherries over the taste buds.  These flavours blend well with the smells emanating from the roasting lamb that is filling our apartment.  What I especially like is the tannin which is just crisp enough to leave the mouth watering but fresh and ready for another glass.  Perfecto!

Served with the food it continued to do its job.  My better half agrees that it is just the job for this meal and setting us up just nicely for a little perusal of my new Italian tome (see picture above!).

La Dolce Vita 60's lifestyle in Rome

Have a great weekend and drink well...

Follow us on social media:

Secret Sommelier on TwitterSecret Sommelier on Instagramfacebook 001linkedin 001youtube 001

COPOUT Book by Nick Breeze

Climate change podcast

Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces. 


As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.



Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.


Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.


The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.


We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of this site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

  I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by www.channeldigital.co.uk