Tag: Italy

Posted in M&S

Is it a Grape or is it a Cheese?

Well, in fact it’s both, the Pecorino grape is grown in the Abruzzo and Marche regions of central Italy producing a crisp dry white wine and the Pecorino cheese which has a hard crumbly texture, similar to Parmesan but more salty is from the Tuscany, Sardinia and Lazio regions. The word itself is derived from ‘Pecora’ which translates to ‘sheep’ in Italian and the wine is said to have been given it’s name due to…

Continue Reading
Posted in Waitrose

Terre di Faiano Organic Primitivo 2016

Organic wines seem to be springing up everywhere and there seems to be more and more winemakers around the world using the principles of organic farming to produce their wines. They work with nature without the help of artificial or synthetic chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides to grow their grapes, with perhaps the odd sheep or two grazing amongst the vines to keep the weeds at bay creating a natural ecosystem. Some say that…

Continue Reading
Posted in Italian Wine

Gattavecchi Rosso Di Montepulciano 2016

At a recent trip to Tuscany we stopped by at the Gattavecchi winery in the Argiano area in south Multepulciano, where we tasted amongst others this Rosso Di Montepulciano. Although it wasn’t the best wine we tasted on our Tuscany tour, it seemed kind of honest and typical of a lot of the wines served at the local bars and on opening this again a few months later it immediately transported me back to this…

Continue Reading
Bardolino
Posted in Waitrose

Light,cheerful & chilled

Fancy a nice white or Rosé ? it may be perfect for those summer evenings sitting in the garden with the sun shining but have you considered a light red wine slightly chilled, maybe a Beaujolais, Pinot noir or how about a Bardolino? Bardolino is an Italian red wine produced around lake Garda in the province of Verona and named after, surprisingly, the town of Bardolino Probably a wine to enjoy young and fresh and…

Continue Reading
Villa Antorini Toscana 2015
Posted in Waitrose

Is this a super ‘Super Tuscan’ ??

A Super Tuscan, a wine made in Tuscany that uses the IGT label, doesn’t follow the traditional DOCG rules but still uses grapes grown in the Tuscan region. Well, this Villa Antinori 2015 is from Tuscany, yes it is made with predominately Sangiovese and yes it includes non-indigenous grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah from the area but is it truly a Super Tuscan, when I say super I mean is it really a…

Continue Reading
Sangiovese
Posted in Aldi

Aldi Wine Club – This Sangiovese Loves Pizza

A few weeks ago was lucky enough to be picked for the latest Aldi Wine Club review panel, not my first time I hasten to add and I’ve always enjoyed participating to give my view on a selection of wines Aldi have been kind enough to send to me for free. Being given free stuff is always nice and the temptation is to always give the product glowing recommendations, I hope that I have been…

Continue Reading
Posted in Italian Wine

Two cracking Italians

Been a bit of an Italian Job last week with these two very enjoyable bottles  finding there way onto our dinner table. One a white from the north of Lake Garda the Lugana bought from Asda and the other a delicious red wine  from Puglia the ‘Domodo‘ Negroamaro purchased from Majestic. Below is a quick review of both bottles Lugana  The Lugana was our forum (Cuvee Reserve) Novembers wine of the month, so I will…

Continue Reading
villa nardelli Sangiovese
Posted in Co-op

Villa Nardelli – Cuvée Carolina 2016

Hot on the heels of our recent trip to Tuscany, where we tasted some pretty decent wines, I am still enjoying and actively seeking out anything Italian that looks remotely interesting and this ‘Villa Nardelli’ fits the bill perfectly. Not that the bottle looks anything special, in fact, it reminds me of something you would find gathering dust at the back of a sleepy Italian restaurant but believe me, don’t let the label fool you…

Continue Reading
Posted in Italian Wine

Ca’ Marrone Rosso Appassimento 2016

Is there a better bargain out there in the high street than this Italian stallion of a wine, the (Ca’ Marrone Rosso Appassimento) especially when on discount, currently £6.50 at Tesco and if you add in the regular 25% off 6 bottles promotion this is astonishing value. The bottle in question is the CA’ Marrone Rosso from Puglia region of southern Italy made in the Appassimento method which is the Italian term for drying harvested…

Continue Reading