When in Rome do as the Romans do – part two! Halfway through the week, I acclimatised to the weather and the red wines and what a pleasant surprise it was. Everything – from the basic local reds to the super Tuscans – was gorgeous in the heat, but the biggest surprise of all was just how good Barolo can be when the mercury is high.

I guess we grow accustomed to having the bigger reds in the autumn and winter in the UK, but seriously folks, think again with the Italians. Perhaps it’s that refreshing touch of acidity that they manage to squeeze into their reds that helps or perhaps as in France, these wines are just designed to go with the foods of the region, which is perfect unless you are a vegetarian.

Think meaty pastas and Florentine steaks that are basically the biggest T-bones this side of Texas. Even the pizzas were superb with the reds but unlike the bulk of those we eat in the UK, they are freshly prepared with unbelievable tomatoes and ripe mozzarella cheese. Mmmm.


Cantine Povero ‘Sibane’ Piemonte 2019

A blend of Syrah, Barbera and Nebbiolo has created a mouthwatering wine for the price. Ripe autumn fruits and plums with a hint of spice on the finish. Gorgeous.

The Good Spirits Co £14.60


Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva

Oh my. Warm cherries, hints of pepper and a smooth palate. Yes, you could say that it’s a tad pricey, but it’s worth every penny and more. A classy wine from ancient winemakers.

Majestic £24.99 mix six or £27.99 per bottle