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SQ – New Italian Wines

Okay, I know, I'm drinking Campari. But I do like Italian wines.
Okay, I know, I'm drinking Campari. But I do like Italian wines.

Superquinn continues to update its wine range, with the relaunch of its Italian offering this month. Sixteen new wines have been selected by Superquinn wine buyerRichard Moriarty, taking the range of Italian wines to 56. Most of the new wines are exclusive to Superquinn and come from regions the length and breadth of Italy – from Alto Adige in the Alps, down to Sicily.

Some of the new wines include:

Costacielo – the Lunarossa winery stands in the hills on the Salerno peninsula, mid-way between the Amalfi and Cilento coasts. The company is regarded as one of the new gems of the Campania region; its forward-looking approach is underlined by the strikingly modern presentation of the wines. Lunarossa has a strong belief in the potential of the area’s traditional grapes, often combining these with international varieties to create interesting new blends of aroma and flavour. Costacielo Fiano Falanghina is priced at €17.99.

Cusumano – Sicily with its rugged terrain, sunny climate and high quality indigenous grapes is at last starting to show the world its potential for quality. Third generation family winemakers Alberto and Diego Cusumano are typical of the new wave of Sicilian producers. Cusumano Inzolia and Cusumano Nero D’Avola are priced at €10.99 each.

Tolloy – Alto Adige is one of the most picturesque landscapes in Europe. The presence of the Alps, which protects the region from the cold winds originating in the north, and the influence of the Mediterranean climate grant the ideal conditions for an extraordinary viticultural variety. Tolloy Gewurtztraminer Alto Adige, Tolloy Merlot Alto Adige and Tolloy Pinot Bianco Alto Adige are priced at €10.99 each.

Villa Sparina – Located in Monterotondo, the heart of Gavi DOC, Villa Sparina was founded by Mario Moccagatta. Head enologist Beppe Caviola, one of the foremost winemakers in Piemonte, has brought Gavi to new heights exploring the full potential of the Cortese grape. All of the Villa Sparina wines are produced from estate grown fruit and are estate bottled. The vineyards are overseen by agronomist Federico Curtaz, formerly of Gaja. They are increasingly oriented towards reducing yields, in an effort to achieve the highest possible quality. Harvest is delayed until the last possible moment, giving the wines great concentration and a wonderful balance of acidity and fruit. Villa Sparina Gavi Di Gavi is priced at €17.99.

The relaunch of Italian wine at Superquinn coincides with a special promotion in Superquinn stores, which will run for four weeks from 15th April to 12th May 2009 inclusive, when consumers can save up to 50% off selected Italian wines.

The above information comes from the Superquinn press release. I don’t know much about Tolloy but Cusumano, Costacielo and Villa Sparina, I really rate as producers. I drank a lot of the Cusumano Inzolia as my regular lunchtime tipple on my holiday in Sicily last year. Goes great with triglie (red mullet). The Villa Sparina Gavi is very fine too. And I’ve just looked at my notes to see I gave a heads-up to a Costacielo wine at the Gilbey’s tasting earlier this year.

This is a bold move by SQ, great to see a supermarket veering away from the ‘usual suspects’.  I wish them success with it.