Think of this as an alternative to a goose-down duvet, a red to snuggle up with as the evenings get chillier: a soft, soothing, Valpolicella-type wine, but super-charged with deep, velvety, dried-cherry fruit, coffee-bean, nutmeg, vanilla and dark chocolate flavours. There are no chewy tannins, so although it'll take a beef casserole in its stride it won't overpower lighter food and is especially good with in-season game birds such as mallard, partridge and pigeon. Your pub quiz facts: it gets its extra richness (over and above a Valpolicella) from a special technique developed by the Boscaini family who've been at the helm of Masi for generations - in a nutshell, they re-ferment the newly made wine with some semi-dried grapes.
Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese, 2011, Veneto, Italy
£9.99, Waitrose (down from its usual price of £12.99 until 13 October)