Gran Passione Rosso del Veneto, Italy — €13.95
Stockists: JJ O’Driscoll, Karwigs Cork, Molloys Dublin.
The first of two love-themed wines for the week that is in it. Made with partially dried corvina and merlot grapes (the former being the premium grape in Valpolicella and Amarone). Bright and fruity with aromas of black cherries and plums this has solid fruit flavours with concentrated berry fruits on the palate and a pleasing lingering tartness.