Perricone. While many red wine lovers are familiar with Sicily's Nero d'Avola grape, it has another with far greater lineage and character. It may have been around for thousands of years but this blue-skinned local rarity (Perricone is unique to Sicily) almost became extinct in the 1990s.
That would be a tragedy as it produces wonderfully juicy, full-bodied, inky wines. Just like Cabernet in Bordeaux, it can give colour, intensity and class wine used to beef up lesser wines. But it is by far best to be tasted 100% pure - like this. The Feudi Bordonaro cellar makes one of the best: heady berry aromas, rich black cherry flavour and a lick of toasty oak. All for a very easy-going £7.99 a bottle!