Two fine wines from Italy and Spain

DSCF6296Casebianchi Cumalè Fiano Cilento 2014

Vibrant fresh, fruity and interesting. Herbs on the nose, honey, orange peel with a nice mineral core. I am generally a fan of Fiano although I have come across a large number of very boring wines in recent months: this one certainly isn’t. It has real energy and a lovely texture. Sheridans, by the way, have a small but very good eclectic range of wines.

€21 from Sheridan’s cheesemongers.

DSCF6385Cantos de Valpiedra Rioja Cosecha 2012

This is a perfect (and very well-priced) example of a modern Rioja without any reserva, gran reserva or other designation. Smooth and ripe with cassis and red cherry fruits, well-integrated spicy oak and a very decent finish. A crowd-pleaser that cannot fail to impress.

€18.50/£12.50 from

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