I rushed across to Dinah's to admire her new cheeseboard with ceramic inlay and brought with me a bottle of this trebbiano and chardonnay blend by Tavernello from Italy.  It proudly states on the label that it is "No. 1 Wine In Italy" based on sales figures.

Trebbiano Chardonnay Rubicone from the Tavernello Range

Well I have to say, wines at £3.99 a bottle more often than not do strange things to my complicated system of tubes and vessels.  However, I am always happy to be surprised and this wine did just that.

Pale yellow in colour with fresh attractive fruit nose, it slips down a little too easily and requires that the bottle be both chilled and nearby for easy refills.  White fruits blend nicely with touches of citrus and a very decent acidity that is perfect for cheeseboards, light soups, seafood etc.

At £3.99 a bottle, this represents a major coup for Morrisons.  I hope they sell lots of it and reward this wine producer for their extremely good offering - drink on!

To try this wine click here to go to the Morrisons web site.


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