I’ve had a bit of a falling out with Tuscany since it went high-end and New World, and it’s been a few years since I’ve had a good Beaujolais. However, all is forgiven with the following two wines. The love is back.

Castello di Albola’s Chianti in the traditional rustic style – so invigorating. And the price is reasonable. Pass the pasta and let’s have another bottle.

P.S. The information on the back label is at odds with the rustic experience – the wine is NOT luscious, or spicy, nor silky. And the lightish/vibrant feeling is more suited to pasta/pizza than the suggested grilled meats.

CASTELLO D’ALBOLA 14 ‘OSO’, Tuscany, Italy 483792 Vintages $15.95


This Fleurie is the best Beaujolais I’ve tasted in a long time. Wine geeks who dis Beaujolais for its simplicity and obvious fruitiness should try this earthy, rustic, all round country guy. Loaded with vitality, seriously dry and probably a bit edgy for some. Have with any food that puts you in the bistro mood.

DOMAINE DES HOUDIERES 15 Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 342725 Vintages  $16.95

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