Finest Soave Superiore 2014

Finest Soave Superiore 2014, Italy, 13%

(£7, Tesco)

Some Soave is so mass produced and irredeemably characterless, it isn’t much better than dish water. But the good stuff is wonderful (see this Pieropan La Rocca tip). And this cheeky little number is amazing value.

Because of the way it’s been made and that little bit of bottle age, the wine is really quite rich in texture and body, almost creamy, with a hint of honey. I paired this with Theo Randall’s spaghetti with courgettes on Saturday Kitchen. Theo has a knack of making his dishes really comforting but also elegant, so the pasta, egg yolks and olive oil all need some richness, which the wine delivers effortlessly. Theo described it as, ‘fantastic – and for £7, an incredible bottle’. (6.5/10, Peter, August 2016)