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Wine Team Favourites from Italy

Just thought we would share some of the wine highlights from the latest Italian selection of wines. We asked some of the wine team to identify which wines out of the Italian selection they liked the most and why... and this is what they said!

John chose the Tenuta Casali Valleripa Albana

'While the Pehhcora Pecorino has most definitely booked its place in my fridge door, the wine I'll relish most, especially with robust food, is the Tenuta Casali Valleripa Albana, for all sorts of reasons. Albana is little known, in spite of being the first Italian white to be (controversially) granted DOCG status in 1987; it's been around and feted for a very long time, since the fourth century AD in fact; and it's a hugely versatile grape, as rather like Chenin Blanc it can make crisp aperitifs right through to botrytised sweet wines. But most of all this one is super tasty, with colour, structure and character added by the prolonged skin contact to balance the rich almost tropical fruitiness. Certainly one to savour!'

Mark chose the Pehhcora Pecorino;-

'My favourite was the Pehhcora Pecorino with its refreshing fruity aroma and attractive yellow hue, it is pleasantly crisp and dry making for an excellent aperitif. Looking forward to sampling this wine when we next visit Italy, but until then I will enjoy a glass or two relaxing in the garden'

Jerry chose the Begali Valpolicella Ropasso;-

My favourite was the Begali Valpolicella Ripasso: A smoky aroma followed by dark and summer fruits. Enticing, elegant and long. Enjoy now while spring is in the air.

Peter chose: Castello della Rosa Pinot Grigio , Vigneti delle Dolomiti

'I chose this as just over a year ago we were having lunch al fresco with friends just opposite the Colosseum in Rome. What could be more appealing a place to sip my favourite Italian wine, Pinot Grigio and this one reminds me of that trip'.

Sue chose the Pehhcora Pecorino too and said :-

'I think it's the perfect drink to lift the spirits now the days are lengthening & spring is in the air. Soon we shall be sitting in the garden (perhaps even with friends!) enjoying this lovely fresh, pale greeny/lemony wine. A beautiful hint of pear on the nose, clean and fresh on the palate, with a lovely balance. Delicious on its own or with fish or shellfish, or indeed something veggie! Very good value too at £9.60 - a good example of some of the well priced whites that Italy is now producing.'

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