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Earlier in the summer, Martin Sheen from Berry Bros & Rudd, the fantastic wine merchants we partner with gave his suggestions for some easy summer drinking. This month he is back with a suggestion for the perfect accompaniment for an Italian feast. With over 40 years experience in the wine trade we can think of no one more suited to advise on this!
Some people enjoy red wine all year round but for others it is seen as more of an autumn/winter drink. It’s all down to personal preferences and of course pairing with the right food. Martin’s suggestion is equally suited for the drinker looking to ease themselves into the cooler months as well as those who have been pulling corks on the bottles of red for the past few months.
The 2013 Bardolino Monte del Fra is available in our shop and has quite a history as well being a delicious wine. It is a a Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese blend from vineyards that lie just to the south of Lake Garda. Monte del Fra “Hill of the Monks” has been farmed by the Bonomo family since 1730.
Legend has it that when they were originally given the new lease for the vineyard from the monks, the previous tenants were up in arms. It ended up with a fight between the old tenants and the monks! In 1805 after Napoleon appropriated all the church’s holdings the family were able to buy the land outright.
This wine is subtly fruity with hints of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant and spices (cinnamon, clove and black pepper) and a light easy drinking style that is unmistakably of Italian origin. Partner with everything from traditional spaghetti Bolognese and lasagne to creamy pasta dishes. Stir our Tomato and Mascarpone sauce through some pasta, pour a glass of wine and you have the perfect mid week meal in minutes.
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