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Autumn Red Wine Recs, from Wee Vinoteca

Love a glass of red, but don't know your Montepulciano from your Malbec? Read on for five awesome autumn wines recommendations from the wine buffs at Wee Vinoteca, Hitchin.

Bordeaux

“Faithful Hound” Bordeaux Blend by Mulderbosch from Stellenbosch, South Africa at £21 a bottle

If a wine of this quality came from Bordeaux, it would be at least double the price. This big and complex red follows the classic Bordeaux Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot) and offers deep black fruits with notes of vanilla and smoke from oak aging. This wine is a fantastic match with a steak.

Montepulciano

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva by Carpineto from Tuscany in Italy at £25 a bottle.

This wine comes from a small but quality focused region just south of Chianti, which produces a seriously stylish Italian red. Mellow red fruits are complimented by notes of oak, violets and velvety smooth texture. The juiciness of this wine makes it an amazing with roast lamb.

Carmenere

Carmenere by Underrugga from Central Valley in Chile at £10 a bottle


This is a great ‘Wednesday night wine’, soft plummy fruit, very easy drinking and perfect for just chilling out on the sofa. For many years Carmenere was mistaken for Merlot due to the vines looking similar and the wines having similar characteristics. Since Carmenere isn’t as well known, you tend to get better value for money.

Malbec / Merlot

Tour Des Gendres, Bergerac, France at £14 a bottle

Not too big and hearty like Bordeaux, not too juicy like an Argentinian Malbec, this wine sits perfectly in the middle. Bergerac sits just outside of Bordeaux and offers excellent wines at fair prices. This wine is such a
great allrounder for pairing with red meat, from stews to roasts.

Tempranillo

Organic & Orgasmic Tempranillo, Democratic wines, Penedes, Spain at £16 a bottle

A fun and fruity twist on a Rioja. Bright red fruits and buckets of flavour, this wine is (almost) as bold as its name. If you love your Rioja and but maybe want to try something new, this would be a great place to start.
The wine is of course organic, amongst other things. It is fresh enough to enjoy on its own but would also be a great match to a cheese board.

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