Bottle 4 of 12- Tero Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009, Italy

Since the weather has taken a turn for the worse this week, it was about time yesterday to break out the red wines from their Tesco packaging…

Bottle 1 of the 6 reds was a bit of a slow- burner- while my mum drank it alongside her spaghetti bolognese last night, I only had a little taste when I got in from dinner at The Bluebell (a lovely chic little restaurant in Chigwell- definitely worth a visit), since I had given blood just a few hours earlier (low blood volume and alcohol don’t mix!)

This particular wine professes to be ‘a smooth, medium- bodied red with cherry fruit flavours and a hint of spice’ best served ‘at room temperature with pork chops, sausages and mash or tomato based pasta dishes’. For me, at first it was a little tart on the palate, although I was assured that this settled down with the pasta, so I decided to give it another try this evening alongside the winter warmer of sausage, mash and onion gravy we had for dinner…

While, for me, the acidity remained, it did have a luscious spicy scent to it and this went rather nicely with our sausage and mash. I’d suggest keeping dishes to accompany this wine quite simple; steer clear of heavily flavoured sauces or beef to avoid overloading your taste buds.

As one of a case of 6 for just £28, I say give it a try for yourself.


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