Tasting Notes: Wines of the Veneto, presented by Paul Boyle

Waitrose “Blueprint” Soave Classico

Crisp, dry and aromatic with a definite nutty element on the nose, this was again felt a little thin for our tastes. A good value lunchtime white but not in the same street as “serious” Soave Garganegas such as by Pieropan and not nearly as expensive either! (Waitrose £6.99)

Villa Flora, Lugana

Made from Verdicchio rather than the usual local Trebbiano, and a bi of a revelation, with a lovely floral note on the nose and structured white fruit on the palate with excellent depth and reasonable length. Lugana, south of Lake Garda, is a DOC to watch. Excellent value (Waitrose £11.99)

Recchia Bardolino

Billed as unpretentious, fruit filled and easy drinking, which it certainly was, although also most found it rather thin and a bit trivial. I guess this is the sort of wine that “doesn’t travel”, better when taking a carafe with lunch alongside Lake Garda! Not liked very much. (Waitrose £8.79, on offer at £6.49)

Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese

The best wine of the flight by some margin, from the famous Masi Winery. Billed as a “Super-Venetian”, from a blend of Corvina and Rondinella grapes, first made in 1964, this is the Veneto’s answer to a ‘Super Tuscan’. Full-bodied with a soft tannin structure, cherry and plum flavours with hints of cinnamon, cocoa, tobacco and vanilla on the long finish. Exceptional value at £12.99 and very much liked on the night.