Go big with this Italian red that everyone will love
Italian muscle wine made from partially dried grapes, there's nothing subtle about it, but this will delight the majority of red wine drinkers.
The Veneto in Italy's north-eastern corner has a proud tradition of boosting some wines flavour by allowing the grapes to dry for a while before turning them into wine.
Here we've 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina, and 30% Croatina that have been dried for a month post-harvest. This medley of international Merlot coupled with local Croatina/Corvina lose 30% of their water content, leaving an almost jam-like strength to what's left in the grapes.
Picking the Romeo and Juliet story up to promote the wine, the label's a mess of graffiti that's a section of the wall where visitors scrawl their tributes to the timeless love story in Verona.
Nothing subtle about the label; but that somehow fits the wine perfectly.
Equally certain that you'll love it, whilst many a wine critic would turn their noses up at it, wines made like this tick all the boxes when it comes to when you might drink them.
If you enjoy a smooth, ultra-fruity, rich style of red, but with a sweetness that means you can really get stuck into it without needing a plate of food in front of you, then this is it.
Want something that'll cope with charred barbecue fare with all the sauces and relishes you can handle? No problem.
The winery themselves suggest "red meat, game, aged cheese", another writer thinks "cheese, or sticky, gelatinous beef or oxtail stew."
I'd suggest whatever you want; and if you reckon it doesn't work, no matter, because it drinks like a dream all by itself. Just one word of advice: with this warmer weather, put it in the fridge for half an hour before opening it (this style of wine works best when not too warm).
And why is this the best value red wine in the UK this weekend? Thanks to Morrisons putting it on clearance at just £5. Before, it was £10 (and still is elsewhere).