Veneto


It’s from the Veneto and it’s made from dried grapes – the same varieties used for Valpolicella. However, for reasons of geography (I think), it can’t be labelled Amarone… Amicone Veneto Rosso 2013, Italy (£9.99 Amazon) Full, hearty wine with an almondy perfume alongside the soft, warm cherry and kirsch […]

Amicone Veneto Rosso 2013, Italy


Romaeus Rosso 2014, Lazio, Italy (£10.99 Laithwaites) There’s a light floral perfume and gentle dark fruit, but there’s also an OTT vanilla character which gives an impression of sweetness and overall it’s just too simple for class. C Renato Ratti Ochetti Nebbiolo d’Alba 2014, Piedmont, Italy (£18.49 Italian Continental Stores, […]

Three Italian Reds


Tedeschi Lucchine Valpolicella 2013, Veneto, Italy (£11.99 Italian Continental Stores, R Campbell & Sons, BJR Hanby, Polygon Wines, The Square Wine Company, Grape Sense) Gentle, squishy ripe red cherry (fresh and cooked) with a tinge of bitterness to add freshness, a touch of volatility but it’s in balance, and the […]

A couple of friendly Italian reds



Due in Lidl stores Nov 24th 2016 Sassi del Mare Beneventano Falanghina 2015, Campania, Italy (£7.99 Lidl) Lovely floral-tinged nectarine, ripe orange and fennel flavours, and a light almondy note, but just as impressive are the lightly gritty texture – gritty as in the texture of a just-ripe pear – […]

Lidl’s New Italian Wine Collection


Collalto Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut NV, Veneto, Italy On the not-extremely-dry end of dry, this is subtle, tasty wine with notes of apple sherbet and light poached pears, a light floral edge and rounded, yeasty finish. S- Collalto Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy A touch […]

Three Sparkling Italian Wines from Collalto


M&S Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy (£8 Marks & Spencer) Gentle nutty peach and peachy, young and fresh, still uncurling, soft, friendly finish. B- Taste The Difference Soave Classico 2014, Veneto, Italy (£7 Sainsbury’s) Hints of pine and fennel alongside the slightly jelly-like citrus flavours, a touch of nuttiness, OK, […]

Two Supermarket Soaves