Limbering up for the return of the usual twice weekly posts next month, today’s content involves more Top Tip choices.
One is a terrific red table wine from prime port country.
The other is one of the “almost forgotten” Italian white wine varieties (like fiano and falanghina,) now being given TLC by winemakers there – and responding accordingly.
Either should offer a gentle way back next week for returning “Dry January heroes”.
And, as a bonus item, praise is also heaped on a very kindly priced malt whisky because today is, of course, Burns Night.
As is normal here, pictures and hyperlinks are provided where possible to guide you straight to the right wine on shelf or web page.
So let’s get to grips with that red
2021 Azinhaga de Ouro Tinto Reserva (£6.99 at Lidl and 13.5% abv):
Although we shall look at the new Lidl Wine Tour in a week or so, it was nice to select something from their core range this time.
Aromatic and medium bodied, this lovely red from Portugal’s Douro Valley is centred on plum and cherry flavours tinged with violet influences.
These are neatly complemented by good acidity and suggestions of graphite, vanilla and dark chocolate, but limited tannin.
Now a stroll on the gentle side with a white
2022 Taste the Difference Pecorino (£7.75 at Sainsbury’s – but it may be on offer – and 12%):
Although there is, of course, a similarly named cheese, this pecorino relates to a grape.
It is one of several traditional varieties saved from oblivion by the resurgent interest in Italy’s indigenous grapes.
Pleasantly scented and light in texture, this example from Central Italy – where it does especially well – exhibits bright, red apple, quince and white currant flavours.
Support comes in the form of fresh lemon acidity, a faint savouriness and hints of basil to provide a crisp and lively white wine.
Top Tip Bonus
Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Whisky (£17.99 at Aldi and the customary 40% abv):
In case you need a “last minute” whisky for tonight, try this Aldi special which, to me, offers exceptional value for money.
Beautifully rounded with just a suspicion of sweetness, it has an attractive foundation of cereal and honey flavours.
Then come the more subtle supplementary components which, here, involve gentle earthy aromas along with suggestions of walnuts, figs and barley sugar sweeties.
NB:- This may be shown as out of stock on the retailer's website but should still be available in many physical stores
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