You say tomato...

You say tomato...

Sometimes it's the little things that make or break a meal. Take a tin of tomatoes for instance; pretty much all the same aren't they?

Well, no, they're not as it turns out; just like wines.

In the PV household that good 'ol classic, spaghetti bolognese is a staple; with a glass of really decent Italian red of course.

Once upon a time we used to go for the 'premium' offering from the local supermarket. Then, recently the sauce has had an overly sweet/acid character that's ruined the usually delicious combination of garlic-herbs-tomatoes-wine that's the great thing about the dish.

Could it be that our beloved supermarkets have 'dumbed-down' the contents to keep the prices low? Acidity enhancers and sugar, of course, have long been used to pass off substandard produce in containers, so it wouldn't be surprising.

Luckily you can easily source top-notch Italian tomatoes (and passata), either from bricks-and-mortar delis, or online (by the slab - you'll never run out that way).

It's worth remembering that just as a bog-standard bottle of wine can underwhelm a fantastic meal, even the humblest of ingredients can do so as well.

And price? Well the Fiammante toms we've got work out at almost half the price of the supermarket's naff ones; so who's kidding who?

"An absolute ripper...": Barossa vintage 2016

"An absolute ripper...": Barossa vintage 2016

So, can you tell a cheap wine from a more expensive one?

So, can you tell a cheap wine from a more expensive one?