Wines of the week: Three bottles from the Veneto region

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

It's carnival time in Venice this weekend, but if you can't make it, sample one of these three wines instead…

Red

Masi Brolo Campofiorin Oro 2010

From traditional local Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta varieties, made using semi-dried grapes, delivering spicy, rich flavours of dark, raisiny fruits. Will keep the chill at bay, with perhaps arrosto misto or baked pasta. £16.49, agwines.com; £15.94 (minimum of six bottles), thedrinkshop.com

White

Soave Pieropan La Rocca 2013

A supreme example of a complex, special occasion Soave: vanilla, nuts, dried apricots, smoke and spice mingle intoxicatingly on the palate. A baked whole sea bass, with rosemary and garlic, would be perfect. £22.50, thewinesociety.com; £27, Marks & Spencer

Sparkling

Fantinel Prosecco

Probably the Veneto's best-known wine is now the favourite sparkler for us British, attracted by its value and easy ability to enliven any occasion. Bone-dry, crisp, refreshing citric-fruit flavours, with hints of peach and apple. And wonderful with fresh orange juice for a special brunch. £8.99 (until 16 February; usually £11.99), ocado.com; £11.50, thechampagnecompany.com

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