Flipside Sterling Pale Ale

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Tony introduced this on our trip to Nottingham (having used the excuse of seeing the Grimethorpe Colliery Band – stars of the “Brassed Off” movie as a reason to visit).

Very tasty and morish. Superior to the likes of Smithwicks, O’Hara’s, Galway Hooker etc. – slightly lower in Alcohol and still  hoppy but less tarty.

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Montefalco Rosso DOC. 2010. Arnaldo Caprai. Bronze Tari. Rocca dei Conte

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We had this with dinner on the Terrace at Villa Milani.

Me radish & pistaccio nut salad followed by tagliatelle of sanguigne beef on a bed of rucola. Lesley melon on top of carpaccio of beef followed by pork fillet with endive.

The meal was nice, the wine very nice.

Local – within 30 Kilometres. 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot. Arnaldo Caprai started with 5 acres under vine in Monte Falco and now the estate runs to a hefty holding run by his son Marco and they have been championing the Sagrantino grape since 1971.

Sagrantino is the grape indigineous to Umbria / Montefalco which tastes of Blackberry. I must admit I couldn’t detect it. Deep colour in the glass, the 2010 tasted of well structured tanins, lots of black cherry and a satin smooth finish.

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For a nightcap we enjoyed this craft Bronze Tari Pale Ale from the Rocca dei Conti brewery in Modica South Eastern Sicily. The ABV was smuged out but I suspect it was quite a bit stronger than the stated 5.8%. Good hops, nice refreshing bite, this would have gone well with our meal too.

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