Thursday, 12 January 2012

Wine of the week – January Detox? – Bardolino (Italy/Red)

Hi all,
It’s January; Detox time.
Special focus on healthier wines this month i.e. wines with slightly lower alcohol content.
This week, a gorgeous red from Italy. 12.5% abv @ £6. Buonissimissimo!

What it is
Light dry red wine from the Veneto region in the North-east of Italy.

What to expect
Appearance: medium Ruby.
Nose: fresh, soft red cherries
Palate: light body and fresh, gorgeously fruity with strong flavours of red cherries and a subtle hint of almonds (maybe walnuts); very smooth texture; lingering fruity finish and great balance between as acidity and fruit.
Score: 8/10 (wine shown)
You’ll like it if you like: red cherries, light reds e.g. old world Pinot Noir, Valpolicella, Beaujolais.
Have it with
With a rocket, mozzarella, Prosciutto & sun dried tomato salad for lunch.
With a
pizza, a pasta dish with fish or light tomato sauce or a risotto
Where to find it
1) Majestic - Allegrini Bardolino - £5.99 (on offer). Wine tested & (very much) approved.

2) Waitrose - £6.49 – Recchia Bardolino 

Did you know
> Bardolino is also a beautiful little commune 35km from Verona.
> The Bardolino wine is made from pretty much the same grapes as Valpolicella: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. However, Bardolino tends to have less Corvina, which contributes to the structure and the body of the wine.
> Light reds such as Bardolino are best served slightly chilled (about 20-30mins in the fridge) to ensure the wine preserves all its fruity characters.
> Bardolino is 12.5% abv which means in contains 9.3 units of alcohol in a full bottle. The UK recommendation is 3-4 units/day for men and 2-3 units/day for women. To be healthy, don’t have more than two 175ml glasses per day.

Whatever wine you have this weekend, enjoy!! Salute!