Survey after survey underlines it – many people find wine aisles a bewildering maze (and website pages fare little better).
That sad reality is why I created MidWeek Wines.
It aims to provide you with a reliable guide through that confusing labyrinth.
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So here are the latest nominees you can buy with confidence – and, today, both have Italian accents.
In the familiar way, pictures and hyperlinks are provided as extra guidance through that maze.
Where Verdicchio really shines
Wines made from verdicchio grapes often lack character, but stars like this do emerge – especially from the helpful conditions in Central Italy’s Marche region (particularly the Castelli di Jesi part)
Careful vineyard management of, for instance, yields and picking times give the quest for quality a further boost.
Bright and fresh, 2021 Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico (£6.99 at Waitrose and 12.5%) exhibits attractive gooseberry, red apple and ripe melon flavours.
These are combined here with sharp but pithy pink grapefruit acidity and a concluding faintly almond centred nuttiness.
Note, incidentally, that the picture on the retailer's website is an outdated one.
Another good example of modern chianti
MidWeeker Eddie has praised two earlier vintages of Lidl’s very modern (i.e., less dense) take on this Italian classic, so let’s consider the latest vintage to come our way (2019).
That was actually a good year, warm but without excessive heat and with useful (rather than harmful) rain in August.
Happily, this good value example will not disappoint, even though – to me – it may be a notch below the brilliant 2016 (I think) version. But 9/10 is not a bad mark.
With floral aromas but firm yet nicely balanced tannin, 2019 Chianti Riserva (£5.99 at Lidl and 13%) delivers smooth cherry, cinnamon and tomato flavours.
Good acidity adds lively freshness to those flavours while its texture provides contrasting savoury influences including balsamic and black pepper elements.
Adding another footnote about a retailer's web page, some of the content there relates to an earlier vintage.
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