Three fabulous Italian wines for under a tenner

Coming from my favourite co-operative, Mandrarossa, this bright, cheery vermentino is a fabulously evocative.


2014 Vermentino, Mandrarossa, Sicily(£5.95, The Wine Society, 01438-741177).

No, that's not a typo I am featuringa wine that costs as much as anupmarket sandwich this week,and you must grab a case. TheWine Society is running a specialItalian Offers promotion from 3August (while stocks last) andthis is a star wine in their line-up.

Coming from myfavourite co-operative, Mandrarossa, this bright, cheeryvermentino is a fabulously evocative wine with momentsof pineapple, watermelon and lime on the palate. It hasa long, sultry finish, too. Buy it for party purposes youmight find it classy enough for your dining table, too!

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There are two other epic reds featured in The WineSociety's offer. The 2014 Frappato di Sicilia Nicosia (£7.95)is a hilariously camp wine with an ostentatious raspberry juicenose and a rose-petal palate. Amazing with barbecuedfare and also crispy duck pancakes, I love this light-hearted,chillable, summery red.

Finally, 2013 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Torredel Falasco (£8.95) is a serious, dense, broodingstallion with a full frame and dark, foresty blackfruit. This is more of an autumnal wine, but I wouldbuy it now because I venture that if you wait it will sellout.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the InternationalWine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year(

Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.  

Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.

He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website,

Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’.  He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. 

Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy.  His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.