£9.50, or £8.55 club members' price, The Daily Drinker
I’ve tasted only five of The Daily Drinker’s wines, so can hardly claim knowledge of the range, but I was excited by the five and hard pushed to pick just one for Wine of the Week. The idea behind the Daily Drinker is to introduce people to delicious but affordable wines that they wouldn’t otherwise encounter or which look dauntingly unfamiliar – wines from little known grape varieties and/or obscure regions. The one I’ve chosen here is made from Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, which is from the Abruzzo region but isn't Trebbiano as we know it. It’s very probably unrelated to any other Trebbiano, but may be the same as Puglia's Bombino Bianco. Whatever it is, Venea’s 2015 is a delightful, characterful, medium-weight dry white, with spice, herbs, dried flowers, straw and honey on the nose and pear, peach, grapefruit, nutty roundness, sappy freshness and a hint of honey in the mouth. It’s nimble but with substance – a combination that means you can enjoy it as an aperitif and take it with you to the table to drink with fish, lightly spiced dishes, risotto, pasta (excluding meaty sauces), chicken, salads or vegetable dishes. £8.55 is the price members of The Daily Drinker wine club pay. I shall be writing more about the club soon.
Azienda Agricola Venea Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2015, Abruzzo, Italy
£9.50 (or £8.55 club members' price), The Daily Drinker