Drink well even in the supermarket: expert advice

Drink well even in the supermarket: expert advice

We asked several wine experts how to drink well even with the labels found in supermarkets: here are their advice from North to South.

These weeks will remain etched in the memory of Italians for a long time, in particular of the new generations who have never before experienced such an overwhelming experience. with closed wine bars and wine bars, you have to know how to choose at the supermarketEveryone at home to contain the virus infections and trips reduced to a minimum, for example to do the shopping . At this stage, the essential thing is to remain calm and respect the rules, confident that the situation, with the collaboration of all, can be resolved as soon as possible. Wine bars and wine bars are closed – as required by the government decree – but this does not mean that wine lovers will have to give up drinking well. In fact, for some time now, both supermarkets and neighborhood food shops have been offering a wide and refined selection of labels to satisfy even the most demanding palates. We therefore asked some professional wine lovers to help us in choosing between the shelves of open supermarkets ,from Milan to Palermo . Here are their proposals:


Matteo de Paoli, radio bottle wine blogger . Today the wine department of a supermarket is more and more like a real wine shop. I recently bought Adriano Marco and Vittorio’s Barbaresco and Vigneti Massa’s Derthona , both independent winemakers (Fivi) in a Carrefour in Milan . Finding them on the shelves of large retailers is a testimony that something is finally changing. Excellent wines from Lungarotti , a historic Umbrian winery, which also offers bottles widely appreciated by critics. Also in Milan, this time at Esselunga, I found the Oltrepò wines of Tenuta Mazzolino and Conte Vistarino, even if in these days of quarantine I prefer to place orders online, investing what I’m saving (no going out to go to the usual wine bars) in small weekly wine orders , conveniently delivered to your home.

Claudio Limina, Biancovino wine blogger . Here are four labels, from aperitif to dessert, available at Esselunga. These are fairly well-known brands but certainly not mass-market . Let’s start with Nino Franco’s Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG Brut : bright straw yellow color, fine and persistent bubble. The nose is floral and fruity with hints of apple, pear and citrus, while in the mouth it gives pleasant sensations of freshness and flavor, leaving the palate creamy and clean. Ideal as an aperitif, with light first courses or with fish-based preparations. We continue with Feudi di San Gregorio’s Falanghina del Sannio DOC, with a pale straw yellow color with greenish reflections. Its perfume is intense and persistent with hints of white flowers and fruit. On the palate it is fresh and balanced with a really clean finish. Ideal as an accompaniment to any type of appetizer: dishes based on fish, vegetables or fresh cheeses. And then Castello Banfi’s Rosso di Montalcino DOC , from Sangiovese grapes: bright ruby ​​color, the nose has an intense and spicy bouquet with hints of tobacco. In the mouth licorice and aromas of wild fruit. Tapered tannin thanks to the passage in barriques and large barrels. Ideal with the cuisine of the Tuscan territory: Florentine or polenta with thrushes. We close with Marsala Fine di Alagna: intense amber color, rich and harmonious nose with hints of quince and orange peel. Fine and delicate taste, never cloying. Ideal after a meal with dry pastries, chocolate, ice cream and desserts in general.


Valentina Vitale – Kitchen Strategy agency . The Coronavirus quarantine makes us all more drunkards, between virtual aperitifs and blessed solitudo wine becomes the protagonist of my table. I live in Rome where the culture of good drinking is very widespread. These days, not being able to go to the usual landmarks, I find the Natura Sì supermarkets’ wine shops interesting, with a fair selection of labels from producers operating in an organic and biodynamic regime. Just to give a few examples: Franciacorta extra brut Corte Bianca , Nebbiolo delle Langhe DOC La Raia , Pinot grigio without added sulphites Venezia DOC Le Carline, Malvasia bianco Frascati DOC “Terre Laviche” Casale Mattia and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG La Serena.


Adele Granieri – Slow Wine Campania and Basilicata guide coordinator . My quarantine is lucky enough because from my home in Naples I can contemplate the sea. I always have an abundant supply of good wines for survival but in case of stocking I go to the Simply Market in via Orazio, which has a small well-stocked wine shop. I like to note that, even in these difficult days, those who go shopping do not give up a bottle of wine, as a comfort for these evenings at home. To dispense advice is the good and sunny sommelier Lucia Peranio. If I had to bring home five bottles from the shelves I would choose the following: Vesuvio Rosso “Vipt” by Cantine Olivella, a pure Piedirosso with aromas of berries and geranium, with a deep note of beeswax. An essential wine, with a graceful, juicy and tasty sip. The Fiano di Avellino Guido Marsella , of great stature wine in which the citrus notes merge with hazelnut and references to the hints of candied ginger, which are found to sip, vertical, deep, material. And again Luigi Maffini’s Kleos, a Cilento Aglianico that tastes of ripe blackberry and orange peel, with soft balsamic hints and a delicate spiciness that complement the balanced and reassuring sip. La Sibilla, a Falanghina of Campi Flegrei that is born looking at the sea and smells of lemon peel, mint and Mediterranean herbs, with a strong brackish and iodized background note that is the prelude to the fresh and salty sip. Outside Campania, Travaglini’s Gattinara is one of the most mainstream labelsof the Piedmontese company but it certainly represents an extremely valid variation of Nebbiolo. A wine with aromas of cherry and blood orange, notes of withered flowers and a soft spacing, with a vigorous and full-bodied sip, with a well-woven tannic texture. And for the moments of greatest despair there is Gin Hendrick’s.


Maria Antonietta Pioppo – executive wine master . In the Sicilian capital, the quality supermarket chain Prezzemolo & Vitale boasts 7 points of sale and an efficient online service which, these days, is excellently coping with the emergency situation to help people stay at home as much as possible. Among the strengths of the group a wide range of wines, including natural and biodynamic ones. Among the Sicilian labels, some goodies such as the very original Inzolia produced by the Marino Abate winery in Marsala , a wine to be discovered, very pleasant for an aperitif and perfect with fried cheeses and paranza. And again the Dama Rosa of Terre di Gratia, a rosé from Perricone of rare pleasantness, good to combine with white meats or first courses based on shellfish. Among the reds, on the other hand, a champion such as Vrucara by Feudo Montoni , a Nero d’Avola prefillossera that goes well with cut meat. And finally the Les jeux son faits Dei Principi di Spadafora , a Syrah with a Sicilian noble heart.

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