From hearty and robust to soft and gentle, Italy produces an astonishing array of red wines. This case may well be the solution to making it through the endless stretch of cold, dark nights after Christmas, but we doubt it will last that long. With all the roasts and cheese boards to consume over the festivities, the corkscrew will never be far out of reach!
- Brusco Dei Barbi Sangiovese, Fattoria Dei Barbi, Tuscany (750ml). AÂ Brilliant ruby-red, brimming with plum and red berries. Medium-bodied, this is a wine that complements Italian food perfectly, particularly tomato-based dishes or roasted red meats.
- Allegrini Valpolicella DOC, Cortegiara, Veneto (750ml). Intense and inviting. Hints of cherries and pepper are followed by subtle herbal notes. Dry and well-balanced. A feisty wine that pairs well with Mediterranean-style dishes.
- Chianti Classico DOCG, Il Molino Di Grace, Tuscany (750ml).Â Initial herbal notes lead to a bouquet of berries and earthy, spicy flavours. Full, soft tannins, good structure and a persistent finish. Enjoy with cured meats and cheeses.
- Rosso Di Montalcino DOC, Poggio San Polo, Tuscany (750ml).Â A fantastically balanced wine with intensity and smoothness working in harmony. A highly accessible Tuscan red.
- Sherazade Nero D'Avola, Donnafugata, Sicily (750ml).Â A versatile wine with a rich bouquet and gentle structure. Scents of strawberry and sour cherry as well as a hint of black pepper. Despite the robust flavours, the finish is surprisingly fresh.
- Lambrusco Grasparossa Di Castelvetro DOC, Medici Ermete, Emilia Romagna (750ml). AÂ dry, sparkling red wine. Excellent paired with the region's famous products such as Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano. Lively, fruity, yet dry with a long finish.