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WINE OF THE WEEK: Uvaggio Primitivo 2011, California


£14.95, Berry Bros & Rudd, bbr.com


It’s a bit late to be thinking of this for Thanksgiving, but it’s not too late for the Christmas turkey – or for duck or pork in the meantime. Primitivo is the Italian name for the Zinfandel grape, but as this isn’t anything like a blockbuster traditional California Zin, Uvaggio has opted for the Italian name. It’s plush, but elegant, with a rosehip and raspberry scent, supple, spicy, summer-berry fruit and just a faint suggestion of oak. It’s the sort of crowd-pleasing wine that’s interesting enough for an aficionado but won’t scare off the novice drinker and, importantly, won’t wilt when faced with turkey and its welter of trimmings.

Uvaggio Primitivo 2011, Lodi, California

£14.95, Berry Bros & Rudd, bbr.com

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