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Wine: to drink today, next year and in a decade

Fri 12 Mar 2010 22:44


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This week The Hour's wine expert Tom Cannavan visited his local high-street wine retailer in the search of three different wines. One to drink this weekend, one to keep for a year or two and one for his wine seller to open in ten years time.

With a vast collection of wines for Tom to choose from, this may be a hard task for Tom. After much deliberation over the taste, smell and look Tom finally found his favourite top three.

Here are Tom’s top three wines:

To drink: Vini Del Sole, Negroamaro 2007, Italy
£7.99, at Oddbins, £6.39 as part of a mixed case.

A delicious and ready to drink wine, packed with cherry fruit and is ideal to drink this weekend. This wine tastes exceptional with Italian food including favourite’s lasagne or meatballs.  It is also possible to keep in your cellar for a year or two.

To keep: Vina Leyda , Brisas Vineyard, Pinor Noir 2008, Chile
£10.99, £8.79 as part of a mixed case

An appetizing wine that can be drunk now however ideally if kept for two or three years, this wine will be sensational. Scrumptious with game dishes including pheasant, venison and casseroles.

To cellar: Alejandro Fernández, Condado de Haza 2006, Spain
£18.99, Oddbins, £15.19 as part of a mixed case.

A serious wine, with layers of flavour and a depth of black fruit, once cellared for ten years this will be one of the world’s greatest wines.

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