Try Our New Wine Selection March 31, 2017 15:50
I know we're mid Gin Festival organisation, but this month I want to chat about wine!
Last month I took some of the girls to the Liberty Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and we had a very fruitful day sourcing some fantastic new wines for the deli. Believe it or not, we were actually very professional and focussed in our approach. I’ve learnt the hard way that when faced with more than 300 wines to try, it’s essential to have a strategy and stick to it!
One of the things to come out of the day is that we’ve beefed up our selection of Italian wines. Why? Because Italian wines tend to be great food wines and as everyone knows, at Provender Brown it’s all about the food. Also, Italy has such diversity of grape varieties and terrain, from the mountains of the Alto Adige in the north to sun-baked Sicily in the south, there really is something for everyone.
For our new Wine of the Month feature, we’ve picked two fabulous big Italian reds, either of which would be fantastic with your Easter lamb. The first, Farnese ‘Edizione’ Cinque Autoctoni, is a beautiful rich velvety wine that just explodes in the mouth. We’ve had this one in the deli for some time and it sells really well, despite its hefty price tag – once customers try it they just keep coming back for more.
The second is one we discovered at the tasting. One of our goals was to find something in a similar style to the ‘Edizione’ but at a slightly lower price point – we think the Cantina Diomede ‘Canace’ Nero di Troia is just the ticket.
You can taste both these wines, plus the Kim Crawford `Spitfire` Small Parcels Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and the Akarua Rua Pinot Noir, featured in last month’s newsletter, in the deli on Good Friday (14th April) when Nick Whyte from Liberty Wines will be joining us from 11am for an instore tasting.
Farnese ‘Edizione’ Cinque Autoctoni 2013, £28.99 - Online Case of 6, £156
A blend of local grapes from Abruzzi and Southern Puglia, this intense and powerful wine is, according to its creator Valentino Sciotti, “a true taste of Southern Italy”. Made at the Farnese Group’s flagship winery, ‘Edizione’ Cinque Autoctoni is deep ruby in colour with intense perfumes of blackberry and cherry enriched with aromatic herbs, cinnamon, cocoa, liquorice and an interesting mineral note. The palate reveals balanced, supple tannins and elegant freshness.
Cantina Diomede ‘Canace’ Nero di Troia, Puglia 2013, £19.99 - Online Case of 6, £108
Left on the vine to partially dry, the grapes for this wine were not harvested until early November, giving it a powerful character and rich texture. Dark, liquorice-imbued fruits of the forest aromas alongside menthol and blueberry notes, almost medicinal. It is really rich on the palate with plummy, leathery flavours, macerated black cherries and even a hint of nectarine on the finish. Really gorgeous and complex but needs food to show it at its best.
Do drop in if you have wine related questions and we'll do our best to help; we really were paying attention so I'd hope to have all your answers!