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Something for a bit of Pork - A selection of northern Italian Reds that will be ideal with pork in any form.


Like a nice piece of salami, a big juicy pork chop or a fine roasted shoulder? Well there's nothing finer to slip down with it than a nice glass of red especially from the vineyards of northern Italy. Be it either Piemonte or the Veneto, they are both the land of quality pork and the wines made there are ideal partners for all of the various products made there. So no matter whether it be winter or summer, here's a selection of 6 red wines that will be ideal partners.

Each case consists of either 1 or 2 bottles each of:

Monferrato Rosso - Tenuta la Marchesa This is a really juicy red with aromas of dark fruits such as blueberries but combined with notes of spice. In the mouth it is clean and soft with fresh fruit flavours. No barrel was used to make the wine so it allowed a lower level of sulphites to be used which in turn allows the pure flavours of the grape to shine through. A fresh and fragrant wine which is ideal for everyday quaffing.

Doglianni Sori dij But - Anna Maria Abbona - An absolutely classic Piemontese red that's simply packed with red fruits such as raspberry and plum with notes of violets above. It was vinified solely in stainless steel so there's no oak influence to muddy the flavours and aromas. It's fresh and lively and just the thing to drink with pasta with a meat sauce or roast pork. Laden with fruit it works so well in every season with the food available or even just to sip and savour as an aperitif with a piece of cheese or salami.

Barbera "Fisetta" - Ciabot Berton - This classic Piemontese red has lovely aromas of violets and red fruits leading to a fresh palate, unmarked by heavy tannins but with good structure nevertheless. Succulent berry fruit and juicy acidity make this Barbera D'Alba as delicious a quaffing wine as it is with food, and the way it bursts onto your palate leaves you in no doubt why it was christened Fisetta (“firework”).

Lagrein - Elena Walch - An Alto Adige Lagrein that gleams invitingly with its intense and dense garnet red colour. The complex bouquet shows discreet, spicy aromas, with cocoa, wild berries and sweet cherries in the background. Lagrein's distinctive tannins wrap around the smooth, dark fruit giving a rustic elegance, and the acidity gives it a youthful freshness. The finish is long and juicy.

Cabernet Sauvignon "Icona" - Astoria Vini - A great example of unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon that is built for quaffing. A generous and intense perfume of black and red fruits leads on to an herbaceous, well rounded and balanced palate with ripe, velvety tannins. Just the thing to accompany red meats and more especially Pork. Juicy and mouth-filling.

Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso - Corte Adami - A wine we fell in love with immediately. Fermented over the lees of the previous vintage of Amarone, this superb wine has all the freshness of a youthful Valpolicella combined with the depth, spices and dark, savoury flavours of an Amarone. It has great elegance yet backed by a bold structure with complex flavours supporting. It has plenty of ripe, red fruit aromas that mingle with sweet spices and notes of liquorice and cocoa. In the mouth it has a silky mouth-feel, good supporting acidity and franc tannins that linger into a silky and long finish.