“It’s going to be scorchio this weekend,” said a friend. “And that means barbecue.” They’re right of course. While not as passionate about barbies or braais as some of our southern hemispherical brethren, we do go a bundle on outdoor grilling as soon as there’s that magic combination of sun and a weekend. So brace yourselves for enticing smells of sizzling meat products to waft past your windows. I suspect there will also be some slightly pink and tender colleagues on Monday who’ve got a bit over enthusiastic and cooked their pale and pasty English complexions too!
Terso Rosso 2010 is a perfect barbecue wine. Jancis Robinson says so…and I agree. It’s got enough about it to stand-up to charred burgers and sausages, it’s not massively heavy and alcoholic (at 12.5%) and it’s really fruity and refreshing.
What’s even better news is that it’s a steal price-wise. Just £4.79 a bottle from Waitrose. This weekend (until August 19) it’s even better value at just £3.59. However, this is no #wineripoff bargain. (If you’re on Twitter, check out the hashtag “wineripoff” for those supermarket bargains which seem too good to be true)
From sunny Puglia on the back of Italy’s heel, this wine is a blend of three indigenous grape varieties – Nero di Troia, Primitivo and Montepulciano. They come together to make, as it says on the label, a “ripe and supple” wine.
For me, it smells of crushed raspberries and tastes of raspberries and strawberries with a spicy finish. It’s a dry style but appears almost sweet because of its fruitiness. Any tannins are undetectable and it’s got great refreshing acidity.
“Good heavens. That is surprising,” said The Analyst when told the price. One for the ever-frugal Mothership too me-thinks.
W.O.W. Factor 7 (extra 0.5 for value)