Uno Speciale Italian Summer Wine Sale, but don’t tell everyone!
The world’s largest producer of wine with production representing about a quarter of global production (that’s a lot of wine!) and home to some of the oldest wine producing regions, Italy’s wine credentials are without question. Known as one of the most diverse winemaking countries in the world, Italy’s climate is ideally suited to viticulture with 20 designated wine regions, over 350 recognised grape varieties and a broad range of styles.
Consistently one of our best performing countries here at Ardkeen Quality Food Store Off Licence, it was an obvious call to feature Italy in our special summer wine sale. Keen to showcase the depth and breadth of specific regions, we have picked a range of styles from four. Verona in the north east, Tuscany in central Italy, Puglia in the south and Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. Each with its own specific wine heritage reflecting the diverse geographical, climacteric and indeed often economic conditions of the region.
Our buyers have been busy curating a selection that includes over 40 wines that we feel best represents the quality, range and value that these regions have to offer. In addition to individual discounts on each wine, you can also save a further €10 on purchasing 6 bottles from this range.
So whether it’s full-bodied Amarone or light, elegant Pinot from Veneto, organic Chianti from Tuscany, Salice Salento and lush, round Grillo from Puglia’s deep south or Sicilian hearty Nero d'Avola, this wine sale offers you the perfect opportunity to enjoy and indeed stock up with savings on all your favourites.
There is also no better time to explore new wine styles, insider tip for a new light bodied but complex white is Sardinian Cantina de Morogo Le Giare Vermentino and the red that everyone is talking about Sensi ‘s Morellino de Scancano but shhhh, don’t tell everyone, we have run out twice already!
Running until mid-August, there is always someone on hand to help or recommend and indeed always something interesting open to sample, so do pop in for a browse.
Zenato Ripassa Superior Valpolicella 2016 75cl
After the dried grapes are pressed, the Valpolicella wine is passed over the still warm marc of Amarone. A second alcoholic fermentation begins which increases the alcoholic content and the wine becomes richer in colour, bouquet
The grapes are de-stemmed and macerated in stainless steel fermenters for 10-12 days. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the new wine is separated from the skins by light pressing and conserved in large oak casks of 54 and 75 hectolitres until February; this is the period in which the dried grapes are pressed to produce Amarone. At this point, the Valpolicella is passed over the marc of the Amarone for a period of 7-8 days at a temperature of 25-28°C. The wine is aged for 18 months in 500 lt. oak casks and barrels.
Excellent companion to game dishes, grilled meat and roasts, salami and aged cheeses.
Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2016 75cl
This family-run estate is based on the shores of Lake Garda. Their Valpolicella is a fantastically structured yet smooth and elegant wine with notes of cherry, spices and ripe plum fruit. It is wonderfully moreish and perfect with pasta dishes and white meats.
Pasqua Primitivo Lapaccio Salento 2019 75cl
Lapaccio has its origin in the Salento area, the real heart of wine production in Apulia. In this region the family started making wine over 90 years ago before moving from here to Verona. This area is particularly renowned for the cultivation of the Primitivo grape. Here viticulture has ancient origins, dating back to time of Magna Grecia.
The red Primitivo grapes are harvested and immediately pressed at controlled temperature. Fermentation is carried out with maceration on the skins for 12-14 days and daily pumping-over to extract more tannins and anthocyanins at 25- 27°C. 50% of the wine is aged in barrique for 30-40 days.
- Geographic Area Salento, Apulia
- Grapes/Blend Primitivo 100%
- Ageing Some months in wooden barriques.
- Serve at 16-18°C.
- Alcohol 13.5%
A wine with a depth of colour; a warm nose that reveals intense cherry and plum aromas; warm and rich, harmonious on the palate.
Ideal for tasty pasta, grilled meats and seasoned cheeses.