White- Friuli Grave Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, 12.5% alcohol content (£8.99, M&S)-
This fragrant dry white is extremely refreshing, with hints of pear and herbs. The fruitiness is typical of Venetian wines, grown in gravely soils in the fresh climate of north-east Italy. The wine is left unoaked to let the fruity flavours come to the fore. This would be a perfect candidate for a glass in front of the TV, or alternatively a great accompaniment with a fish dish. A nice crisp drink which justifies the price tag.
Rosé- Raboso Frizzante, 2013, 11% alcohol content (£7.49, M&S)-
This sparkling rosé is jam-packed with fruity flavours. There are definite hints of watermelon, but the defining palate is one of strawberry. There is an aftertaste of lemon which lingers in the mouth, making this an incredibly moreish wine. This would be an ideal party wine or give a fruity accompaniment to a platter of cold meats. It could also go well with a dish of honey glazed salmon on a bed of crisp rocket.
Red- Bardolino, 2012, 12% alcohol content (£7.49, M&S)-
This is a versatile red due to its rich rounded flavour. The fruity flavours of plum and cherry combine nicely with hints of liquorice to make this an easy-to-drink wine. The subtlety of flavour goes deeper on second examination, with star anise and a rose perfume emerging. This provides an incredibly complex and intriguing palate. This wine would be perfect with cheese or a rich meat dish. It would also be a great taste accompaniment with meaty Spanish tapas dishes. The flavours are delicious, making Bardolino the star of Veneto.