Friday, 25 August 2017

Wine of Italy



There is something special about Italian wine. It is all about quality rather than quantity. Having recently returned from Milan and Turin, I noticed a few wines cropping up on menus which are worth taking a look at. So if you usually go for a pinot grigio or a glass of prosecco here are some great alternatives. 





Gavi di Gavi, Bric Sassi, 2016, Roberto Sarotto, Piedmont, £11.72, Berry Bros. & Rudd (bbr.com)
This renowned crisp, fragrant light white wine is bursting with refreshing peachy flavours. It has more oomph to it than a lot of others of its genre. My favourite Gavi di Gavi to date. It slips down a treat.






Fratelli Berlucchi Brut 25 Franciacorta DOCG NV, £22.50, ocado.com
Franciacorta is the fizz that discerning Italians choose. Hailing from near Milan you would expect this wine to have style and it does. Made in the classic “champagne method”, they tend to have lots of bubbles and be slightly softer. Franciacorta has more character than a prosecco. (Prosecco tends to be fresher and slightly fruitier.) Fratelli Berlucchi, a highly-respected winemaker in Italy, has with this blend of chardonnay and pinot blanc created an extremely drinkable bubbly.





Bardolino Chiaretto, Monte del Frà, Veneto, £11, Berry Bros. & Rudd
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Made from entirely corvina, this dry wine oozes tangs of raspberries and strawberries with just the right amount of freshness. This is a real gem. Great as an aperitif or with pasta. A taste of Italy at home.

By Daralyn Danns



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