Two Italian Reds Ideal for a Tuscan Beef Stew

We had friends to stay for the weekend and cooked one of our favourite recipes from the Slow Cook Book – Tuscan Beef Stew.  We served this lovely peppery stew with mashed potatoes and green beans.  See here for a full description of the stew and a Tuscan red that was a perfect pairing with it.

This time we tried an Italian red blend brought by our guests – Oronzo Uno Rosso Puglia 2009, from Virgin Wines.  This was smooth with plums, red cherry fruits and vanilla.  One of our guests detected damsons.  The wine was a good match with the meal.

We also opened a bottle of Saracosa Rosso di Toscana 2009, a Tuscan Sangiovese from the Sunday Times Wine Club.  As before, we enjoyed its smooth black fruits and spiciness and also detected chocolate.  IMG_0546A lovely match.

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