Tue 11 Dec 2012

Wine-Rack Staple: Bricco Suagnà Rosso, 2008


Bricco Suagnà Rosso, 2008The buying team is in the process of choosing wines for the next Buyers’ Favourites offer, due out in a few months’ time. If I had not chosen the Bricco Rosso (£6.25 per bottle) as one of mine last time, it would be among my personal selection, with a glowing endorsement for its food friendliness and adaptability. (Not that repetition is banned – in fact I think one colleague chose a previous vintage the year before – just plenty of other good things to allow us to ring the changes!)

The combination of savoury flavours, freshness and cut make this Piemontese red a perfect match for all things Italian of course, but it is capable of much more.

It recently rose brilliantly to the challenge of a delicious partridge-stuffed pheasant (yes, you did read that right – a bird within a bird, boned and further enhanced with a rich sausagemeat stuffing). Not prepared by my own fair hand, but by an enterprising young couple whose stall at our fortnightly farmers’ market is packed with traditional and unusual options for carnivores such as ourselves. One bird serves 3-4 perfectly.

As far as the wine match was concerned, a mature and rich red Burgundy would have been a perfect match had I had one, but the modest Italian was to hand and at a fraction of the price (fortunately for our wine budget my other half is not a lover of pinot noir!).

The enterprising producer of said Gourmet Local Meats is Terrys of Swanbourne – well worth a visit!

Jo Locke MW
Society Buyer


  1. Catherine Chetwynd says:

    I agree, this wine is delicious, robust and very good value. It is one of my favourites and I can imagine it complemented your splendid-sounding bird within a bird perfectly. I see a visit to Swanbourne looming…

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