Probably few other populations enjoy wine from as many different countries as we do in Britain.
That sometimes blinds me (and perhaps you) to the diversity that is available within several of the major wine producing countries.
France can range from the aromatic whites of Alsace to the opulence of the Northern Rhone.
Likewise, Spain goes from a crisp albariño in Rias Baixas to the cherry-based maturity of tempranillo.
It was, however, selecting two Italian options for this post that made me reflect on that particular country’s wine scene.
Winemaking there dates back centuries and has developed with three particular aspects marching in step throughout – food, wine and land (terroir).
Each region has its own distinctive conditions (and food) which, between them, drive which of the vast array of vines are grown and the style of wines made from their grapes.
In a mere snapshot at what is available even at modest price points, here are results of that process from Piedmont and from Abruzzo.
In the usual way, hyperlinks and pictures are used where possible to help you locate the bottle in question.
Starting with a white
2022 DINO Trebbiano Pinot Grigio (£5 – instead of £6 until 18 September for clubcard holders – at Tesco and 11% abv):
Here is a fresh but undemanding white from Abruzzo that, with its low abv, escapes the biggest price hikes the new alcohol duty imposes.
Its other attractions (beyond that gentle price label) include lively tangerine and red apple flavours.
Supporting components are zesty lime acidity and counterbalancing savoury influences – presumably from the trebbiano.
Staying with a light touch but switching to red.
2021 Marchesini Italian Red (£6.85 – instead of £7.85 until 6 September – at the Co-op and 13%):
Talk of red wines from Italy’s Piedmont region usually involves substantial wines like Barolo and Barbaresco.
However, we should never forget that the area also has a range of attractive, approachable but much lighter red wines – and this is a good example.
Lingering and with an enticing perfume, it features medium bodied but intense cherry, bramble and raspberry flavours.
These have been skilfully partnered with nutty and vanilla touches built into a clove centred viscosity.
See you again on Thursday when we catch up with a pair of tasty Friday Night Treats choices before a temporary change in posting dates during September.
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