WINE OF THE WEEK: Zensa Nero d’Avola 2013


£10.50, Oddbins, oddbins.com


Love the retro label, love the wine - a full-on, spicy, cherry-scented red that will go down a treat (as they say) on Halloween or bonfire night and equally well on a more formal occasion. It's made from vines grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers, hence both the name Zensa, the Italian pronunciation of sensa, the word for 'without', and the liberal sprinkling of organico, vino biologico and agricultura biologica across the label. Nero d'Avola, one of Sicily's best red grape varieties (also known as Calabrese), is the source of the sumptuous cherry-berry fruit and dark chocolate flavours. It'll be happy with a good pizza or spaghetti and spicy meatballs, with roast root or Mediterranean vegetables, or with something altogether meatier.

Zensa Nero d’Avola 2013, Sicily, Italy

£10.50, Oddbins, oddbins.com

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