Brazilian? Turns out, actually quite classy…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

RioseccoEverything is not as it once seemed at the Olympics. Can we feel the same about all those medal winners as we once did? Have we been mislead?

As far as competitions go its one of the most straight forward to understand; there is one gold, one silver and one bronze available for each discipline and the best three athletes on the day are the only three to be rewarded with a medal. Its simplicity always gets me but also makes me wonder about the worlds best wine competitions and whether medals on bottles are misleading the regular and lovely UK wine drinker.

You see, a gold on a bottle of Pinot Grigio from Italy doesn’t mean it’s the best Italian quaffer being made. No, it means it’s gold medal standard but that other versions can also be awarded the same accolade from the same competition in the same year. Get it?

Perhaps this is something you all know and could go towards explaining why gold medal winning wines don’t do an Adam Peaty on us becoming household names over night, or maybe I’ve just let the cat out of the bag. Either way my conscience is now clear, leaving me open page to rave about this cheeky little number from M&S that hasn’t won any medals but is performing at its peak, looking the part and not pretending to be something it isn’t… well sort of. Riosecco does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s from Brazil but its made from the same grapes as Prosecco and deserves to be applauded for its effort: refreshing, lemony, dry…. but empty all to soon. Marks & Spencers, for £9 (£12 for 2), it deserves a gold for effort.

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