Wines of the week: The Nero d'Avola grape is one of the stars of Sicilian wine

It's a perfect red for summer drinking, says Terry Kirby
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Sunday lunch

Nerojbleo, Gulfi, 2009/2010

A wonderful example of high-end, single-vineyard Nero d'Avola from an award-winning producer: intense, succulent, bright red fruits, plenty of body, but not overpowering. Elegant and engaging. Serve with simple grilled lamb or lighter roasts of chicken or pork. £18.99, dbmwines.co.uk

Midweek meal

Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane, Centonze 2013

The ideal barbecue red – fresh and vibrant, bursting with smoky, black-cherry flavours, medium-bodied, but enough depth of flavour to match most charcoal-grilled meats; also wonderful with grilled vegetables, firm white fish or halloumi cheese. £11.25 (or £9.98 each for case of 12), hhandc.co.uk

Bargain basement

Feudo Arancio Rosso Sicilia Riserva 2012

Also very fine for barbecues as well as most pizza and pasta, but a little barrel-ageing gives a mellower tinge to this good-value red from Ragusa, part of a new and highly recommended Wine Society summer range of everyday Italian wines. £7.75, The Wine Society (available from tomorrow)

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