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The usual business of this column is to give you a hot tip from the latest offers round about.

But sometimes as a result of roaming the shelves, I come across wines that are such good value for what they are, and so drinkable, that it’s worth you knowing about them, even when they’re not on offer.

I picked up a couple of bottles for myself of this week’s recommendation during the recent Morrisons’ 25% off six or more French, Italian or Spanish wines – watch out for these half-case bonanzas by the way…

But even at the full price of £6.99, the Barbera D’Asti Superiore from Bricco Garelli is a snip.

The name is a good example of the ‘grape and place’ model that you find in lots of Italian wines: this one is 100% Barbera, and hails from the town of Asti in Piedmont, North West Italy.

Light ruby in colour, it has aromas of blackcurrants and vanilla. After a swirl in the glass the fruit is still fresh – there are cherries, both red and black – but there is also a woolly, lanoline smell, which suggests the wine is starting to age (its 2007 vintage) and get more complex in the bottle.

On the palate this is dry with good acidity. And whilst having a shortish after-taste (or length), it’s super-fruity.

Very easy to drink, it’s perfect to have with pizza, good friends, and just a little bit of gossip!

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A quick note to give you the heads up that for a couple of weeks Morrisons have another 25% discount on six or more French, Italian or Spanish wines.

It’s been time for me to stock up a bit on my favourite St Chinian and Barbera D’Asti wines for the cupboard.  So in the picture there is the ever-reliable Seigneur de Salvanhiac St Chinian AOC, Special Reserve 2009 (currently half price at £4.99); and a Bricco Garelli Barbera D’Asti DOC, Superiore 2007 (not on offer itself; priced at £6.99).

Also in the picture are a Le Petiole Ventoux Rouge 2010 (half-price at £4.99) and a Mont Tauch Les Signatures Minervois 2010 (also not on offer; priced at £7.99).  We tried the Ventoux with a summer salad and a piece of baked salmon.  It benefits from decanting (for the oxygen; there’s no sediment) and Ruth was a bit more keen on it than I was. 

I’m intrigued to try the Minervois.  I have known about Mont Tauch’s Fitou, and I think it has done well at competitions, but I hadn’t known that the stable was extending, and am interested to try more of their Languedoc offerings (as it’s a favourite wine-producing area of mine)…

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