Exclusive deal for unusual Italian

08 February, 2008

Maison du Vin, of Hawkhurst, Kent, is the exclusive UK retailer for the 2004 vintage of Cento Uve - the Italian wine made from 152 grape varieties.

Produced by Mario Giribaldi, the wine is described by owner Kevin Griffin as "powerfully built, yet has tremendous finesse with lashings of fruit and a wonderful seductive inky black colour".

The wine is made from 50 per cent Nebbiolo, but Griffin said that does not mean the other 151 grapes are subordinate.

The wine is on sale

for ú29.99.




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Looking back to look forward

Wine is a liquid time capsule. Drinking older vintages not only recalls the weather conditions and winemaking styles of the past, it encourages us to reflect upon our own histories. Such reminiscence often inclines towards romanticised nostalgia. Especially after the second bottle. But looking back is a great way of learning about the future.

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