The favorite of the sale of Italian wines SuperValu

The annual SuperValu Italian wine event started yesterday and will run until June 8. Up to 80 wines will be offered. I tasted about ten wines, which will only be available during the sale. “These represent a certain excitement for the customer and allow them to immerse themselves in wines that might otherwise be out of reach,” says wine buyer Kevin O’Callaghan.

Italian wines now account for 14% of SuperValu wine sales, an increase from 3% when O’Callaghan joined the company in 2008. This is largely due to the popularity of Pinot Grigio and Prosecco, but they are very proud that red wines have a bigger share than white or sparkling wines.

O’Callaghan does have a warning for wine lovers though. “The wine world is in a much bigger state of change than during the pandemic – this is the most dramatic of my 30 years in wine, with a real shortage of wine, and also simple items like paper for labels and tin for screw caps.”

In addition to the wines below, I tasted two wines from Castello Banfi, a Rosso di Montalcino (€18, instead of €27) and the Belnero 2017 (€20 instead of €30), a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Both are well tannic and need nourishment, ideally red meats or firm cheeses to show their best side. The Altygo Piemonte 2019 (€12 instead of €17.99) is a rich and fruity red, and the sparkling Acquesi Asti Spumante (€12 instead of €17.99), presented in a very stylish decorated bottle, is full of sweet, floral fruit. , and contains only 7% alcohol.

Cortezza Vermentino di Toscana 2020
€10, reduced from €15
A very attractive, well-priced wine with slightly textured peach and pineapple notes and good refreshing citrus acidity. A good sipping wine, but it will be perfect with summer salads and vegetables such as fennel, zucchini, asparagus with herbs and olive oil.

Monte del Frà Corvina Veronese 2019
€12, reduced from €17.99
Nicely scented with ripe blueberries and black cherries, backed by an earthy spicy note. A beautiful summer wine. Try it with charcuterie, cured meats and soft cheeses.

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