One of the lovely things about travelling is that you get to try wines you might not come across at your local wine store or supermarket. We do get excellent recommendations from the wine experts in newspapers such as the Financial Times (Jancis Robinson) and The Telegraph and if you’re really interested in wine you’re probably already reading Hugh Johnson, Jane Macquitty at The Times and Decanter…..phew.
But sometimes when you’re away you come across a wine that is so delicious you want to take some home with you, and then decide you’d rather order it and receive it when you get back. If you’re subscribed to the pro version of wine-searcher.com you’ll have everything you need to find the wine you want wherever you are and read my post about my other favourite wine apps. Snap the label, look it up, and you’re there.
Here are five of the wines I’ve discovered recently, one in Paris in four in Rome, how I found them and where you can order them in the UK and US. Over to you.
Discovered in Rome, a simply delicious Barolo from Marchesi di Barolo. This wine from Nebbiolo grapes just has to be one of my absolute favourites. Very fruity with black cherries, plums and a peppery note. Drink it with lamb or on its own.
You'll find the 2013 vintage at https://www.wine.com rated 92 by Wine Spectator and 91 by Robert Parker. The 2014 vintage at https://www.tannico.co.uk. Not as inexpensive as some Barolos you can find, but good value for what you’re getting.
Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano Di Avellino 2016 - this was a lovely bright Fiano tasted in Rome at restaurant Il Piccolo Mondo. A balanced white wine, fruity and mineral with citrus overtones. Happily, as many of the easy drinking wines from Italy don't seem to make it across any pond, you can find this one.
Find this wine at Strictly Wines in the UK, https://www.strictlywine.co.uk who are currently charging approx £17 (6 bottles minimum with free delivery, and in the US several places including https://www.wine.com who are currently charging approximately $19.99. .
Rated 92 by Robert Parker Wine Advocate for the 2016 vintage. Loved this wine. Fabulous with fish.
This Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo 2015 is a lovely and full bodied red wine for a very reasonable price. It's excellent with red meat and aged cheese. You'll find it at https://www.winedirect.co.uk in the UK who say 'A baby Barolo. Made from Nebbiolo grapes only from Barolo designated vineyards and vinified and aged to be more approachable in its youth, this is an affordable Barolo style wine. Offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Round, suave tannins add to the long and refined finish'.
Also to be found at many wine stores in the USA and elsewhere - use https://www.wine-searcher.com - 88 Aggregated Critic Score.
I had Suavia Monte Carbonare 2016 from Veneto Italy at Le George Restaurant in Paris, part of the George V Hotel. A delicious easy drinking wine from the Gargagna grape with citrus, herbs and traces of minerality. Excellent with shellfish, smoked and grilled fish. Develops in the glass so allow a little time for drinking. Track it if you use https://www.wine-searcher.com. In the US at www.wine.com and at https://www.hailshamcellars.com in the UK (different bottle, same wine). Also at http://finks.co.uk. It currently retails for around £19 so it’s excellent value for a really lovely wine.
Monte Carbonare has one of the top locations in Soave and produces one of the best wines. The ground is black with volcanic soil which characterises the minerality of Monte Carbonare. The 2015 vintage was rated 95 by James Suckling and 92 by Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Great value for a lovely wine.
Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo was tasted at Rome restaurant Angolo dell'Aurora. Not one of your typical tourist restaurants. This was a refreshing and tasty white wine from Mastroberardino with flavours of apricot, apple and citrus fruits and mineral notes. Excellent with spaghetti alla vongole. You can find it in the US at https://www.wine.com and in the UK at https://www.tannico.co.uk or use https://www.wine-searcher.com. It has an aggregated critic score of 89.
Greco di Tufo is a DOCG of the Campania wine region in southern Italy. It is responsible for what is probably the region's most prestigious white wine, made predominantly from the grape variety that shares its name.
There are many wines in Italy that you can’t find in your local bricks and mortar or online store. Here are just five you can.