Thu 01 Sep 2016

Staff Choice: A Sicilian Wine-Rack Staple

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Sebastian Payne MW has been buying Italian wines for Society members for 30 years. A piece published on this blog last year looking back over his career describes his first visit to Sicily in 1992, where international grapes were in vogue, often at the expense of local character:

‘It took years of external influence from winemakers and buyers alike to help push Sicily back on track and to regain its confidence in its own individuality.’

How times change.

This month’s Staff Choice is in many ways a testament to this confidence in individuality. The Society’s Sicilian Reserve Red, made from the island’s indigenous nero d’Avola grape, has been one of the most popular additions to our range in recent years.

You can find a full archive of Staff Choices on our website here.

The Society’s Sicilian Reserve Red 2013

Louisa PeskettPlenty of staff raised an eyebrow when Italy buyer Sebastian Payne MW proposed making this wine a Society label – until they tried it.

This soft but generous red has quickly become a wine-rack staple in our home because it works equally well on its own or with a variety of food (pizza, lasagne, barbecues). You always need a dependable, crowd-pleasing red that’s versatile, and this fits the bill perfectly.

Louisa Peskett
Merchandising Manager

£7.50 – Bottle
£90 – Case of 12
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Categories : Italy

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