I make no apology for this, since
a) they're currently offering 20% off any 3 bottles, and
b) on my particular sorry excuse for a High Street, there are no independent wine retailers offering anything like the variety I can find at M&S right now.
Life in the Home Counties - it's all #middleclassproblems and #firstworldproblems
I do buy a fair amount of wine online, but I know most of my readers prefer to pop into a shop and pick up their supplies in ones and twos, rather than by the caseload.
So it's back to M&S for the latest "unusual" varietal.
Tonight's March rains and the ongoing saga of my lack of a floor had me craving comfort food, so lasagne and garlic bread beckoned.
As far as I'm concerned, garlic isn't a friend to wine. It is delicious but overpowers all that it touches, so I tend to avoid opening "the good stuff" when I'm envisaging a garlic-fuelled meal.
The Negroamaro was the right choice on 3 counts:
1) £7.50 (so currently £6.00 if buying any 3 bottles
2) It's an Italian varietal we've not reviewed before (& one Mr Purple Teeth has probably never tasted)
3) It's Southern Italian. The usually means the wine is a bit more full bodied with black fruits and spice, rather than light-bodied cherry flavours.
This is just what Mr Purple Teeth seeks in a wine, and if I can't pleased the one punter at home, what hope have I got of recommending great wines to you?
Would it pass the taste test?
It was full-bodied yes, but with a really good level of juicy fruit making it feel lighter and more refreshing than many reds. I hate to use the term "easy drinking" , as it was more than just fruity. But the consistency, with not a lot of obvious tannin, felt easier to swallow than some full bodied red.
On the initial tasting there was rich plum and blackcurrant notes & yes, some spice with a hint of bitter cocoa on the finish. It's more than just fruity but easy and cheap enough for Tuesdsy night quaffing. The lasagne was not upset by it's partner in waistline crime. It cut through the rich oiliness of the pasta and stood up to the test of the garlic, and in my book, the silver medal is merited.
Mr Purple Teeth felt it had a smoothness but not the thickness he associates with a full bodied wine. He was seriously impressed with the price point, though - @as drinkable as fruit juice but remarkable if you pay attention.@
His rating: an excellent Tuesday night wine and definitely buy again.
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