While browsing the Italian red section at my local, a customer asked if I could help him find â€œAdesso.â€ Had to admit I was not familiar with that name, but was able to find it, and my fellow shopper offered â€œthanksâ€ and moved on. Turns out that Odesso is a re-branding of Cesariâ€™s Merlot, a longtime LCBO â€˜great valueâ€™. And a house red at some Top TO restaurants.
Forget Merlotâ€™s reputation for rich â€˜n smooth, Cesariâ€™s wine is classic Italian tart, with lots of pucker and moderate alcohol. You have to like gutsy. Which of course is the perfect partner for Italyâ€™s world of tomato-sauced dishes. Get some â€“ at this price you can’t loose.
CESARI 16 Merlot â€˜Adessoâ€™, Italy
572453 750ml $7.95
649723 1500ml $13.95