Nero Oro Appassimento 2016, Italy (from £8.99 on multibuy, Majestic or via WineSearcher) I must admit I'm a huge fan of Vivek Singh's cooking - and when he's on festive form, it's a joy to partake. Witness his roast goose breast mappas with aloo podimas in this Christmas...
‘No wimpy wines’ was the famous mantra of one Californian Zinfandel producer. These are full-bodied reds with tons of flavour. Think Cabernet Sauvignon and wines from its heartlands in Bordeaux, Napa, Chile and Australia. Or Shiraz, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Carmenere, Ribera del Duero, Barolo, Malbec – the list is long and distinguished.
What to drink them with? A flaming BBQ or a wintery day – these wines warm the cockles whatever. Dark meat like lamb, beef and venison are classic matches. Slow cooking, oven roasting and barbecuing give intense flavours to match the wines.
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