Eugenio Ciccarelli has suggestions for whatever you’re cooking this year
Enlighten your spirit for Christmas with a selection of authentic wines carefully chosen and directly imported by Vinarius for your festive foods, presents and parties.
Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene Brut. Sommariva, £15.95
Who said that Prosecco cannot be a serious drink? This is the driest style of Prosecco that comes from the best area in the north-east of Italy. A delicious aroma of citrus fruit, white flowers and fresh herbs with hints of bread crust. Dry, elegant and clean on the palate which makes it an excellent choice as aperitif and to accompany many simple or complex fish dishes, white meat or vegetables. Try it with sushi or, as is custom in its area of origin, throughout the entire meal…amazing!
Blanc d’Amour 2016. Chateau Bizard, £14.95
A blend of four grape varieties (Viogner, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne) from a producer in Côtes du Rhône in France. The wine has a really nice aroma of white peaches, lychees and acacia flowers with an ample but balanced palate and a very fresh finish. Splendid as an aperitif or to match dishes with crab, shellfish or smoked salmon but also with grilled chicken or creamy goat cheeses.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2014. Baccinetti, £17.95
Rosso is the little brother of the more famous Brunello di Montalcino. Made with 100 per cent Sangiovese grapes from the best area in Tuscany, the wine is unfiltered, cheeky and unrepentant. It shows a nice crimson colour with a red fruit nose and hints of leather. The palate is fresh and lingering with red cherries and raspberries, a firm tannin and a pleasant, clean finish. Particular suited to turkey with cranberry sauce, duck, lamb curry, pasta ragu and medium-to-strong cheeses.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2012, David Sterza. £35.95
One of Italy’s most famous and prestigious wines, especially those from the Classico vineyards that are considered the best expression of the appellation. Made with Corvina grape, it is powerful and elegant and shows a very complex nose with ripe red and dark fruits, vanilla and a touch of cloves. Very rich but fresh on the palate with aromas of plum jam, cocoa and liquorice toward the end. The finish is dry which makes it ideal for strong cheeses, roast beef, venison or to be used as “Vino da Meditazione” after the meal.
Vinarius is a wine merchant and enoteca located at 536 Roman Road, E3. It regularly organises tasting events, and Christmas is no exception.
On 19 December, Vinarius is organising its Christmas Charity Wine Tasting and all the proceeds will be donated to the MS Society. Check the website for more information or to book a place: vinarius.london