… is a happy wine. And the perfect stimulus for a collaborative essay about contemporary art
If you ever find yourself needing to write a collaborative essay on a piece of contemporary art, may I suggest you take along a bottle of Allegrini when you’re meeting up with your fellow writers? After all, it’s a situation we’ve all been in, at one time or another.
As one of my collaborators-in-arms, Satu, said, upon our first mouthfuls of Allegrini, ‘Oh — this is a happy wine.’
Yes, indeed, Satu. I couldn’t have put it better myself. So, um, I won’t.
Allegrini is a happy wine. It’s warm, soft, gentle. Fruited. There’s cherry and chocolate and a smidge of coffee at the end. It’s summer evenings on a roof terrace in Tuscany. On a holiday with more than half its duration remaining.
It’s not dazzlingly unusual, but I reckon it might make you smile.
Now, stop procrastinating and get on with that goddamn essay.
★★★ 3 stars (good)
£8.50 from The Wine Society
… will light up all the buzzers on the pinball table of your palate. For under a tenner.
Le Fraghe. A wee blend of two grapes: corvina and rondinella. From somewhere between Venice and Milan.
And if it has Venice’s sunset-laced romance, it also has Milan’s fashionable, metropolitan elegance.
It’s gentle, toned, soft, pristine.
And it’s rather beautiful.
In your mouth, it’s full — yet light, elegant. There’s some subdued tannin; some savouriness, some meaty depth, some spice, liquorice. And a sustained, beautifully controlled diminuendo to finish.
Stick your snout in there and inhale the cooked (but not jammy) red fruits of a summer pudding.
I really enjoyed La Fraghe. It’s a wine that lights up all the buzzers on the pinball table of your palate. And I’d say it’s pretty damn good value for under a tenner.
Crack it out with food — nothing too honky or flavoursome, mind; probably lighter meats, fish — simple, honest ingredients, please; simply, honestly cooked …
… and (pooph!) you’re right there between Venice and Milan.
???? (4 stars)
£8.95 from The Wine Society