Wines of the week: Aglianico Del Vulture, Taste the Difference 2009; Altano Vinho Branco Douro 2012; Mas De la Source Reserve Rosé 2013
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 04 May 2014
The first Bank Holiday weekend just might provide an excuse for barbecues and outdoor eating, so here are three suggestions…
Aglianico Del Vulture, Taste the Difference 2009
Little known here, the Aglianico grape grown around Mount Vulture in Basilicata in southern Italy produces rich, dark, wines, with a firm tannic structure and tastes of chocolate and cherries. Great for strongly flavoured barbecued meats. £9, Sainsbury's
Altano Vinho Branco Douro 2012
If you are having grilled mackerel or sardines or simply a big salad, this is a really distinctive Portugese white from the Symington port family made from local grapes Viosinho, Malvasia fina and Moscatel Galego. Herbal, smoky and aromatic, with loads of vibrant tropical fruit. £8.99, farehamwinecellar.co.uk; £9.75, davy.co.uk
Mas De la Source Reserve Rosé 2013
At time of writing, it is difficult to predict whether it is going to be warm enough for a bottle of ice-cold rosé, but here's hoping… If you have some spicy seafood, prawns or some mixed mezze, this rosé – a zingy blend of Cinsault and Grenache – is just the ticket. £7.65, jascots.co.uk
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