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  1. Borghetto Chianti Riserva Italian Red Wine

    Borghetto Chianti Riserva 2013

    £10.50

    £10.50

    It was that old cad, Hannibal Lector, who told Clarice that he 'ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti' in The Silence of the Lambs. So we suggest that a far more reasonable food match for this velvety, cherry-laden, supple red wine would be a simple tomato and fresh basil spaghetti dish. Lovely.

    What we're saying is, stick to a vegetarian dish, because Hannibal has kinda ruined meat matches with Chianti. The cad.
  2. Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto Red wine

    Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto 2011

    £42.00

    £42.00

    Montalcino is one of those staggering quaint, historic, sun-drenched hill top towns that give Tuscany its unique flavour. Brunello di Montalcino is one of those reds that give Italy such a glimmering reputation for incredible, food-friendly wines.

    In 1967, Giovanni Sacchet, co-founder and winemaker at Carpineto, fell in love with Tuscany and its wines, and made it his life's mission to produce modern, world class wines here. His Brunello is big, firm and tight, with flavours of liquorice, raspberries and vanilla.
  3. Cantine Settesoli Aglianico 2016

    Cantine Settesoli Aglianico 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    Seven brothers used the money their father left them to plant a vineyard. New to such a venture, they called in a French winemaker for advice, but given the risk was theirs, made it clear they had the final say.

    Just before their first harvest, their mother passed away. While the brothers attended her funeral, the French winemaker declared the grapes ready to pick. But the workers refused, saying they must wait before picking the grapes, for 'seven sons'. As the Sicilian workers spoke no French, and he no Italian, they communicated in smatterings of English, and the Frenchman understood them to mean another seven days of sunshine. Thus the grapes remained on the vines an extra week, the rich, peppery, berry flavours growing more intense by the hour. So positive was the outcome, the seven extra days of sun have been granted every vintage since.
  4. Chianti Sogatia Italy Red Wine

    Chianti Sogatia 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This is an impressively neat little bargain Chianti that's on the bodysome, flavoursome side of this classic Italian style. This slightly more buxom red is moreishly drinkable, soft and lip-smackingly ripe. The palate is still classic though - with dark cherry and plum. This really is the wine to match with your takeaway pizza and a good classic gangster movie.
  5. Denatile Nero D'Avola Shiraz Italian Red Wine

    Denatile Nero D'Avola Shiraz 2016

    £6.75

    £6.75

    Deep red in colour, rich and well balanced. The bouquet is fruity, floral and spicy, with hints of vanilla and tobacco. Round and full on the palate, with soft tannins, this wine is ideal served with mature cheese, oven-baked pasta or roasted meats.
  6. Falanghina Biblos White Wine Italy

    Falanghina Biblos 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    The Italian region of Molise was plagued by vampires, who had rampaged through the Balkans and across the Adriatic before the Pope could bless the sea, frying them in a spray of holy water. Luckily the locals were experts in the manufacture of stakes, in Latin "falangae", and swiftly despatched the evil horde.

    Once the task was completed the ground was littered with stakes. So the locals collected them up and used them for pinning their beloved vines in place. The name of this white wine, Falanghina, is a homage to the stakes of Molise.
  7. Falerio dei Colli Ascolani White Wine

    Falerio Saladini Pilastri 2015

    £9.50

    £9.50

    The infinite (well, 500 plus) variety of grapes to be found in Italy is a source of constant wonderment. Of these varieties - Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino - go particularly well together. Found in the Marche region on the east coast of central Italy, they have combined to form, in this instance, a wine with gentle chamomile and acacia flavours, apple-y acidity and surprising body. Maybe wine is just a numbers game and the more grapes you have, the more chance of lovely wine. It's one theory anyway!
  8. Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini

    Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The estate of Fattoria di Bagnolo dates back to 1419 and in fact, for some time was owned by Machiavelli, which we think is bloomin' cool. He famously said of his vineyard; "grapes should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you squash the grapes, there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure a grape, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance." He didn't seem like a great winemaker, he seemed far too concerned the grapes were plotting to over throw him... Thankfully, today the estate is run by Marchesi Barolini Baldelli, who is passionately devoted to viticulture and is in no way encourages despot winemaking.
  9. Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini Red Wine

    Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini Riserva 2014

    £21.00

    £21.00

    Do you remember in the 70s (probably not, you're probably a spritely young gent/madam) when Brits used to think of Chianti as the wine equivalent of ABBA: Sure, you know it and you're going to tap your feet to the beat, you might even recite a couple of lyrics of Dancing Queen but you don't really want your friends to see. Chianti came in those big round bottles, that for some reason had been whickered all-round the base and every Italian restaurant in the country used them as Candle holders. Thank the Italian heavens that those days are over. Wines like this are some of the finest to come out of Tuscany, with concentrated notes of sour cherry and tomato leaf, combined with a surprising age ability, Chianti is quickly becoming the wine equivalent of Led Zeppelin; we got a 'Whole Lotta Love'!
  10. Fedele Catarratto Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGP 2015

    Fedele Catarratto Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGP 2016

    £8.50

    £8.50

    Pinot Grigio is the ugly duckling of wine grapes, and people tend to forget what a good Pinot Grigio tastes like and how refreshing they usually are.

    The Fedele is actually a blend of Catarratto, which gives some body, cream and some delicate pear and ripe melon flavours, whilst the Pinot Grigio brings some hints of peach and stoned fruit and an incredible freshness.

    Try it in summertime and you might forget that it is always a bit cloudy in the UK. Drink it during winter and you might forget about the rain.
  11. Gaja Dagromis Barolo Red Wine

    Gaja Dagromis Barolo 2012

    £58.00

    £58.00

    Nick Cave to Kylie Minogue: "Do you know where the wild roses grow, so sweet, scarlet and free?" Well, Angelo Gaja the winemaker seems to have the answer. Just open this bottle, pour a glass and let it breathe for a while.

    Then just enjoy the nose of mixed aromatic herbs & spices underlining the delicate notes of rose, leading to aromas of anise and wild fennel. Drink it with roast beef and it will offer some very generous flavours of berries and a savoury feeling too.

    This is one of the most popular wines from the Piedmont region, don't miss it!
  12. Gavi Miganego White Wine from Italy

    Gavi Miganego 2013

    £7.75

    £7.75

    'Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements,' is how the old rhyme goes. The rhyme then proceeds to get extremely dark, terrorising children with threats of heads being chopped off. Which is a shame, because Oranges and Lemons could have made for a nice analogy for Gavi Mignanego, which also says oranges lemons.

    This white wine also says lightly honeyed lemon and apple, although there isn't a set of London bells that rhymes with apple. Do let us know if we're wrong on that one though.
  13. Gavi Produttori del Gavi White Wine Italian

    Gavi Produttori del Gavi 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    A daydream-awakening pinch of oneself may be needed when you see the price of this smart little Gavi. However the reality is that we've found another one of those true odd bins that give this company its name. And in this case, one for which the price has worked out particularly favourably.

    This is actually very true to Gavi in the way you'd expect and surprisingly good. Fresh and clean and superbly balanced at just 11% alcohol, this delicate wine slips down exceptionally well. The perfect finishing touch to a relaxing evening.
  14. Gemma Barbaresco San Martino 2013

    Gemma Barbaresco San Martino 2013

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Looks can be deceiving. Have you ever witnessed a body builder weep? Or watched a manicured beauty queen don a pair of boxing gloves? Well that's what springs to mind when we think of this wine from Piedmont.

    This Barbaresco is light in appearance but it doesn't half pack a punch. This is 100% Nebbiolo, like its big brother Barolo, but it is decidedly more delicate and feminine.

    It has an explosion of flavours on the palate, with tart red cherry flavours and sweet spices, underpinned by light but grippy tannins. A testament to nurture over nature if ever there was one.
  15. Gemma Barolo Italian Red Wine

    Gemma Barolo 2013

    £22.50

    £22.50

    'Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey, ooh, the more I get of you the stranger it feels, yeah'. Seal was probably referring to his lady friend Heidi Klum, but he may as well have been waxing lyrical about the Gemma Barolo for all we know.

    Because this cracking northern Italian wine has a poetic, beauty that speaks of dew-covered, headily fragrant roses on a cool grey morning, as well as fresh raspberries and deeper layers of ripe, spiced fruit.
  16. Gemma Moscato d'Asti Vigna Fiorita Italian White Wine

    Gemma Moscato d'Asti Vigna Fiorita 2015

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This Moscato is a soft, gentle and charmingly sweet white wine, but saved from being sickly by fresher, sage and citrus elements. Which sounds a bit like Alan Titchmarsh, now we come to think of it.

    Indeed, much like Alan, it's maybe not the most dangerous tool in the box, but you could very happily while away an afternoon with it in an English country garden, with it a bowl of strawberries and cream.
  17. Message in a Bottle Red Wine By Sting

    Message in a Bottle 2013

    £16.00

    £16.00

    A wine made in Tuscany that comes from the estate owned by musician sting and producer Trudie Styler.

    The nose displays aromas of cherries, wild blackberries and spices.The palate has a richness of fruit but one that is balanced both by careful use of oak and a refreshing acidity.

    Cherrywood, tea leaves and bramble fruits can all be found on the palate. Supple fine grained tannins provide a lovely structure to this long and satisfying wine.
  18. Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2014 - Red Wine Italian

    Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2014

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Tuscany is famous for Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. But sometimes we like to take you off piste, because off the beaten track you find treats like Morellino di Scansano.

    One of Tuscany's least famous DOCGs, Morellino di Scansano produces stunningly fresh red wines, but the prices are held down by the fame of its neighbours.

    We are quite happy about that as it makes this pure and unoaked beauty, with its cherry, blackberry and pomegranate flavours, even more irresistible. And it turns us into little piggies, just like the one on the label.
  19. Murrina Primitivo 2013

    Murrina Primitivo 2013 *WEB EXCLUSIVE*

    £10.00

    £10.00

    We get a similar feeling from sipping on this wine as we do from watching an episode of Inspector Montalbano.

    With sun-ripened, juicy flavours of cherries, raspberries and redcurrants, it conjures up images of hazy Italian days and, with its hint of leather and spice from its oak ageing, you feel you could almost be on the back of a Vespa with Montalbano. Happy days.

    However, unlike Montalbano, there isn't a hint of cheese (although it would probably work quite well with a good slab of Taleggio).
  20. Negroamaro Salento Terra di Sava Red Wine

    Negroamaro Salento Terra di Sava 2013

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Conjure the image, if you will, of a long, oak table in a conservatory in Venice. It's after dinner, the table is laden with bowls of plums, cherries and raspberries, and a steaming cafetiere of Kenyan coffee is giving off aromas that are teasing your nose. Vivaldi is playing in the background whilst beautiful children are playing in the garden outside. Are you there? Good, because this is pretty much what you get when you tuck into this Italian beauty. Bellissima!
  21. Pecchenino San Luigi Bricco Botti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012

    Pecchenino San Luigi Bricco Botti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Like Romeo and Juliet or Antony and Cleopatra, Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani and lamb ragu were born to be with each other. Yes, they are delicious on their own: the San Luigi's criminally pure morello cherry, raspberry and cocoa-y flavours are a sheer joy any time but, pair it with some very slowly stewed lamb ragu, with fresh thyme, rosemary and black olives, ideally made by an Italian Mama, and the pair are exalted into a love story so beautiful that it could have been penned by The Bard himself.
  22. Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso White Wine

    Pellegrino Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso 2015 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £11.50

    £11.50

    The island of Pantelleria is a curious, rugged volcanic outcrop, situated halfway between the Tunisian and Sicilian coasts, and it is here, in Italy's most southerly appellation, that this Passito Liquoroso is made. It's rather amazing, we think, that this beautiful, rich, baked apricot and marmalade-y dessert wine is made roughly 40 miles off the coast of Africa. But, being an island in a rather windy spot, it gets enough cooling maritime influence to balance the searing sun, resulting in a nuanced, balanced, but still brilliantly swarthy wine.
  23. Cantina di Soave Pinot Grigio 'Della Rocca' White Wine

    Pinot Grigio Della Rocca 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    Della Rocca: it sounds like a kind of Italian strongman doesn't it? A muscle-clad, moustachioed hunk in silky red shorts, who could sing O Sole Mio whilst balancing on one toe and weightlifting a fir tree. The reality of this wine, however, is rather different: it's the most delicate, nuanced little thing, but its greatness lies not in muscle-power or high alcohol (it's just 11.5%), but in its subtle lemon, pear and acacia notes.
  24. Pinot Grigio Rosé Della Rocca 2013

    Pinot Grigio Rosé Della Rocca 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    We don't know about you, but we get mildly irritated when we see pretty-in-pink, butter wouldn't melt in their mouth-type lasses. Part of us just thinks they should get some mud on their frocks and join the real world. But then we think, actually, vive la difference; there is a place for dainty little things as there is a place for everything.

    In fact, we quite like some of them - such as this happy-go-lucky, fresh and peachy Pinot Grigio Blush from the rolling hills of Veneto. In fact, this wine makes us want to put on a tutu and go skipping around some hillsides ourselves.
  25. Pio Cesare L'Altro Chardonnay 2015

    Pio Cesare L'Altro Chardonnay 2015

    £19.50

    £19.50

    When you hear Piedmont, you probably think of Barolo perhaps Barbaresco or even "where the hell is Piedmont." That's okay you can't know every region, you're not a wine-geek Rain Man, that's what we're for! To direct your taste buds to the unexplored. All aboard then taste buds, we're going to Piedmont! You see, yes Piedmont has worldwide acclaim for its Barolos and Barbarescos but there's winemakers experimenting with all sorts of stuff. Chardonnay in Italy, surely not? That's like seeing Donald Trump eat a vegan burrito. Yet it works perfectly, with ripe fruit aromas, gentle spice and great minerality, you might be seeing a bit more of Chardonnay in Piedmont.
  26. Prosecco DOC Treviso Ca' Dei Noni NV

    Prosecco DOC Treviso Ca' Dei Noni 2014

    Now £9.60

    Was £12.00

    £9.60

    'Like a rainy day that is not wet/like a gambling fiend that does not bet/like Dracula without his fangs/like the boogie-to-the-boogie without the boogie bang' rapped the Sugarhill Gang in 1979, on the frankly long version of Rapper's Delight. 'What is?' enquired your then teenage scribe, who never actually found out.

    He might have been talking about this paradoxical yet utterly delicious non-fizzy Prosecco, which has all the flavour of its sparkling siblings but without a bubble to be seen.

    Green apple aromas meet floral touches on the way to a full and luscious, spumante-spurning palate. 'Like toil and trouble without the double double/like Prosecco wine that doesn't have the bubbles,' they may have added. Maybe they did. Maybe the song kept writing itself, a twelve-inch enormo-mix ending only at the beginning in an infinite loop. Who knows..?
  27. Rosso di Montalcino Quercecchio Red Wine

    Rosso di Montalcino Quercecchio 2014

    £16.00

    £16.00

    What did you want to be, when you grew up? We wanted to be a wine shop, see; no regrets. Some would suggest that when this wine grows up it should be a Brunello, as in many respects it is a baby Brunello di Montalcino. I say pish, this wine has such youthful red fruit based flair and floral charm it can be whatever it damn wants to be; a pasta chef? a defender for Juventus? One of the Mario brothers? Whatever, you get out there and give 'em hell kid!
  28. Salice Salentino Borgo dei Trulli 2013

    Salice Salentino Borgo dei Trulli 2013

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Salice Salentino is perfect with hard cheese. What kind of hard cheese? The hard rock kind of cheese of course. In the shower singing to Final Countdown by Europe. Jumping into a time machine to see a live gig of White Snake at the height of their plectrum powers. Or running around the block with Eye of The Tiger providing your very own exercise montage. Phew...after all that it must be time for a glass of this Salice Salento. Intense, elegant, earthy aromas of blackcurrants, candy coloured guitars, white pepper and spices. The palate is full-bodied, with wide shoulder pads, velvety and rich, with soft focus tannins and a long and persistent spandex finish. WE BUILT THIS CITY ON A CHEESY ROLL!
  29. Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    £10.50

    £10.50

    1976; what a year. The first commercial Concorde flight, Microsoft and Apple were created, Viking 1 landed on Mars, "Rocky" won best picture, Olympic legend Chris Hoy was born (however so was Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart) and the cracking Salice Salentino wines from Puglia received DOC status.

    It was a lot to pack in, but it was a leap year so we guess they had an extra day. Relive '76 with a glass of Oddbins exclusive Terre di Sava's "Nero" Salice Salentino and a bit of Bohemian Rhapsody.
  30. Sassicaia 2014 Red Wine

    Sassicaia 2014

    £145.00

    £145.00

    Its creator, Mario Incisa Della Rochetta, first made the pioneering decision to plant cabernet sauvignon here in the 1940s. Although cultivating cabernet in Italy was almost unheard of, Mario was a great claret fan, and he realised that the climate and soils of Bordeaux were similar to those of part of his estate. Using grafts from Château Lafite, he planted the vines by the family fortress, where they would be protected from the sea breezes.
  31. Stefanini Soave DOC Il Selese

    Stefanini Soave DOC Il Selese 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Stefanini Soave is made from the Garganega grape. the regions indegeous varietal. The colour of the wine is straw yellow with greenish reflections. On the nose it is delicate and flowery, with notes of elderberry and hawthorn, together with juicy sensations of ripe peach, apricot and tropical fruits. It gracefully reveals the typical white flowers and almond mark of the Garganega variety. On the palate it is dry, medium-bodied and smooth with a pleasant long mineral finish.
  32. Tannu Bianco Di Sicilia IGT Italian White Wine

    Tannu Bianco di Sicilia IGT 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    If you have a raw talent, let it shine. That's what we say. Subo had a talent, she let it shine: some would say the world's better for it. Likewise David Blaine: he knew he could sit in boxes and stuff to get people's attention and he did. Fair play.

    The producers of Tannu have recognised the raw talent of their Sicilian grapes, and know that they needn't taint them with pesticides, fertilisers or fancy techniques to make great wines: they know that, left to their own devices, the grapes produce flipping lovely, crisp, lemon and pineapple-scented beauties, just like this one. They are so right. Let it shine people, let it shine.
  33. Tannu Rosso Di Sicilia IGT Italian Wine

    Tannu Rosso Di Sicilia 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This red is almost Tardis-like in its ability to transport its owner between worlds. Mercifully, unlike the Tardis, its layers of juicy black cherry, mocha and spice are highly unlikely to take you to a parallel universe with intergalactic aggressors but, instead, to the heavenly hills of Sicily, at an al fresco table with a view over the harbour.

    We say 'highly unlikely' but you never know. That's the risk you take with this wine.
  34. Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella

    Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    You couldn't make up some of the things people did before joining the wine trade. Troilus Hoplite-Gryppe, head of Kent's Bunceworth winery, was initially sent to the vineyard aged 26 by the DWP, on a work experience program. Wine blogger Fintan O'nions had a previous job writing farming reports, and fondly remembers his favourite: "the Herdwick ewe has just been tupped by a Bluefaced Leicester ram." Similarly, Giancarlo Ruffo had specialised in floor cleaning machines before purchasing a country retreat in Tregnago, where the idyllic country life turned his head to the delights of winemaking. And this joyous, youthful, perfumed, licorice-textured cherry delight proves that he's cleaned up once again!
  35. Tenuta Vigneto Di Campo Delle Strie Amarone Della Valpolicella

    Tenuta Vigneto di Campo delle Strie Amarone della Valpolicella 2010

    £55.00

    £55.00

    For most mortals, tasting a bottle of Amarone, especially one of this calibre, is a bit like how we imagine the Springwatch team would feel if Sir David Attenborough just strolled on set. You don't quite know how to approach it and feel like you should probably bow or kneel down and offer to be its humble servant from here on in.

    But don't stand on ceremony: this wine is a real joy. It has bright red fruit, rich treacle, warm spice and sweet tobacco on the palate, with enough refreshing acidity to leave your palate begging for more.
  36. Terre Antiche Gavi di Gavi White Wine

    Terre Antiche Gavi di Gavi 2014

    £13.75

    £13.75

    TV Highlights
    09:00 : Meet the Benedectines.
    This week the Benedictines establish a settlement in Genoa.
    12:50 : La Grangia Bassignana.
    The abbey-owned farm in Piedmont gains its first official documentation, despite having been steadfastly producing wine and wheat for over 350 years. What will happen now?
    16:21 : La Famiglia Giustiniani.
    Laugh with the Italian aristocrats as they take over a 700-year-old farm. Dad thinks he can build a neoclassical villa at the top of the estate - 'how long will that last?' scoff the rest of the family.
    20:14 : The Year in Wine.
    Looking at an ancient farm and winery in Piedmont, now owned by the Lombardini family. Overlooked by a magnificent 400-year-old villa, the winery has produced a magnificent white from a terrific vintage; an unoaked and delicately aromatic wine with of crunchy green fruit.
    21:00 : News and weather.
  37. Umani Ronchi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2015 Italian Red Wine

    Umani Ronchi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Set against the picturesque Italian vineyards of Cupramontana, a powerful tale of age-old traditions and ancient lands emerges. Riddled with romance, scandal, betrayal, revenge, dynasties and lots and lots of... plums. Plums being our protagonist in what you'd be forgiven for thinking was the start of a good old Marian Keyes novel.

    Instead, this is the tale of Umani Ronchi, winemaking extraordinaire producing a medium bodied red wine, jam-packed with...you guessed it, ripe plummy fruit flavours. There's nothing fictional about this wine. It's a fact that it's of excellent quality and it provides one hell of a happy ending.
  38. Verdicchio Classico Casal di Serra 2016 Italian White Wine

    Umani Ronchi Verdicchio Classico CaSal di Serra 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The court at Cupramonta once employed a veritable troop of servants whose only job was to peel grapes for the indulgently demanding Contessa. And why not? It provided a wage to many a serf, and other than being slightly tiring for the fingers, wasn't really taxing.

    But things change, and sadly economic pressures forced the court to 'downsize'. The peelers had to go. The Contessa was furious, until one of the smart advisors persuaded her there was an even more effortless way to enjoy the peachy, appley loveliness of her favourite fruit. One that didn't even require her to chew. Just sip. The Contessa was delighted. She's even been known to open the bottle herself, sometimes.
  39. Valentini Monteregio Rosso 2013

    Valentini Monteregio Rosso 2013

    £14.25

    £14.25

    In southwest Tuscany there is a teensy-weensy wine-producing region called Maremma, where lies the ancient castle of Monteregio, overlooking the Maremann plain. It is in this enviably lovely stretch of the Italian coast that Gianni Valentini makes wine, with great respect for the region's traditions, even naming this wine after the castle. A traditional style Sangiovese blend, it has with soft tannins, bramble and hedgerow berry flavours and just a hint of vanilla toastiness. This is everything that you would expect from a good Tuscan red but without the frequently hefty price tag.
  40. Valentini Monteregio Vivoli 2013

    Valentini Monteregio Vivoli 2013

    £18.50

    £18.50

    The Valentini winery is one of the oldest in all of Italy. Old enough to have hieroglyphs on their label. Let's just be clear the hieroglyphs are a stylistic choice, the winery does not predate written language... nor does it come from Egypt. Nope, this is a pictorial representation of Homer's epic "Odysseus." The moment Odysseus distracts an angry giant with some delicious wine, then stabs him in the eye with a wooden spear. A bit aggressive but the giant was trying to eat him. We're not sure what the hieroglyph for 'awesome' is but if we did, we'd whack it on the bottle!
  41. Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa Red Wine

    Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Oh Mamma! What a smooth one this is. Get ready for some of the most over-worked wine adjectives in town hurtling their way towards you, because these are the only way to get across to you the sheer loveliness of this wine: soft, silky, slightly-sweet-seeming and sumptuous.

    This is about as round and as smooth a red as anything South America could ever send over, but with a subtle medium-bodied restraint that hallmarks this Latino lover as authentic Italiana.
  42. Zensa Fiano 2013 Vintage Italian White Wine

    Zensa Fiano 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    In another life, we would quite like to have been an 18th century Italian fisherman, sailing the coast of Sicily for bass, mullet and squid. You wouldn't have to bother with spreadsheets and flow charts and blinking computer screens then... *lobs laptop out of the window*

    But this is the 21st century and the closest we can get to that dream in Blighty is to take a bottle of the mango, peach and sage-scented organic beauty that is Zensa Fiano to the Isle of White and sit on the beach with some fish and chips. Which is nearly as good.
  43. Zensa Nero d'Avola 2013 Red Wine

    Zensa Nero d'Avola 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Zensa is the pronunciation of the Italian word 'senza', meaning 'without'. In this case it is to underline that this wine is made 'senza' chemical pesticides and fertilisers, using only what Mother Nature provides. It's a charming way of saying it's organic basically.

    But the name also highlights Orion's commitment to - and understanding of - the landscapes they work in. This wine encompasses all that is lovely about Sicilian Nero d'Avola, with baked, spicy black cherry fruit and layers of chocolate and vanilla. Once you've tried it, you'll never want to be senza Zensa...

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