A smooth, balanced Rosé from the Querciavalle Vineyards near Siena in Tuscany. The vineyards are at the heart of the Siena Chianti DOCG region and this rosé derives from the same grapes selected for some of the finest Chianti from the area.
It has a fragrant bouquet of forest fruit and a surprisingly complex and refined flavour not often found in Rosé wines, with hints of cherry and raspberry and well balanced acidity.
It is a perfect wine to drink on its own and is excellent with appetisers, vegetable dishes and fish.
Colour: bright cherry pink with garnet red highlights
Bouquet: fragrant, with hints of forest fruit
Flavour: balanced, complex, smooth with hints of cherry and raspberry
This is the 5 litre version of the White Label Balsamic Vinegar IGT from Compagnia del Monte.
A vibrant and young authentic Balsamic Vinegar from Modena. Produced from the sweetest local trebbiano grapes, the white label is aged for a minimum of 6 months to give a subtle undertone of wood and a lovely rounded acidity.
This is a classic everyday balsamic and can be used just like a normal wine vinegar, but yields a much more elegant and sophisticated taste. It is ideal for salads, dressings, combining with olive oil to create a dip or for using in gravies, stocks, meat sauces and for marinading.
Arborio rice is the most famous and most common variety of Italian rice. It is renowned for its high starch content, great for creamy risottos and its large rounded grain that keeps its shape well during cooking and provides a more al dente taste and texture. Arborio is versatile enough to combine beautifully with any kind of dish but is especially suited as a base for risotto.
This is a Superior Category Arborio rice (the highest quality) cultivated in the famous rice growing area of Vercelli, Piedmont.
This is a superb traditional southern Italian artichoke paté prepared by artisan expert Simone Asero at Etna Conserve in Sicily.
Finest Sicilian artichokes are blended with traditional Sicilian herbs to produce a deliciously smooth and creamy pate that is perfect spread on crostini, thick bread or crackers. The addition of chillies provides a nice piquant aftertaste.
A great addition to any platter of starters for any occasion. Perfect as a side dish to grilled meats and fish and even as a base for pasta sauces.
From a series of quality, traditional Sicilian paté. Check out some of the others too in this category.
A wonderful assortment of the finest soft mini-nougat (torrone) in a stunning gift box.
These soft torrone feature a heart of toasted Avolan almonds, pistachio from Bronte, locally produced honey and egg whites. They are then immersed into an array of delicious coatings: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, lemon and white chocolate, orange and white chocolate and coffee cream to provide a smooth and elegant marriage of flavours.
Made by the Fiasconaro brothers, award winning bakers and confectioners from Sicily. Their soft torrone are straight from the finest traditions of artisan production, where the most noble local ingredients are skillfully hand-crafted in small batches to produce a taste and texture that is unmatched by peers and that none of the larger industrial producers can come close to.
They are presented in this beautiful black hexagonal gift box. If you're looking for a special and memorable gift this year, you won't find better than this!
This is a delicious Aubergine Pate from the award winning range of delicious Pate by Etna Conserve in Sicily.
Sweet Sicilian aubergines are expertly combined with aromatic Italian herbs and spices to produce a smooth, super-tasty pate.
This is ideal for spreading onto crusty bread or toast or enjoying alongside a mixed vegetable antipasto. Also excellent as a dip for pinzimonio di verdure orraw vegetables. We love it too in pasta sauces and as a side to grilled meats.
From a series of quality, traditional Sicilian pate at great prices. Check out some of the others too in this category.
A double Gold Medal winner at the Great Taste Awards, this exciting paté is amazing on crusty bread and adds a daring twist to all kinds of sauces and casseroles. Mix a bit in with a pasta or curry sauces.
This Sicilian garlic paté is so ubiquitous it can be used with any dish that calls for garlic flavour. Its smooth, rounded flavours make it a great replacement for fresh garlic without even a hint of garlic harshness.
It's one of the most popular products among Mediterranean Direct staff, so we always have to get a few extra boxes in! Even if you're in 2 minds about it, it's well worth a try.
Very special and extremely well priced for its quality ingredients.
Gold Star Winner at the UK Great Taste Awards, the "Oscars" of gourmet food in the UK.
This is a superb Sicilian sundried tomato paté prepared by artisan expert Simone Asero at Etna Conserve.
Simone uses only the ripest, tastiest Sicilian tomatoes, dried naturally in the Sicilian sunshine, then blended with olive oil and aromatic herbs. A wonderful, full flavoured paté that will grace any platter of antipasti.
Try it on toasted bread or crostini as a quick and simple starter, as a spread for sandwiches or to add great flavours to all kinds of sauces.
Check out the other paté in this quality range from Sicilian.
Among the most famous and finest of Italian ingredients, this sweet garlic from Sicily is infused with mint, oregano and a hint of chilli to give it its characteristic taste and produce a stunnning aromatic ingredient for all forms of cooking and antipasti.
If you've never tried it, sweet garlic has all the lovely properties of fresh garlic but with a much gentler, mild taste and without the acidity. No problems with the breath either!
Double Gold Star winner at the Great Taste Awards - considered the "Oscars" of UK gourmet food.
This is for a large 3kg catering jar of Sweet Garlic from Sicily.
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This is a superb, traditional southern Italian black olive paté prepared by artisan expert Simone Asero at Etna Conserve in Sicily.
If you like olives you will love this! Black olives from Sicily are some of the finest in the world, especially from the fertile groves around the Mount Etna National Park region. They are renowned for their full flavour and make the perfect base for an olive pate.
The olives are expertly blended with local herbs, spices and a hint of chilli.
This is one of the classic Mediterranean antipasti. Its smooth rich flavour is ideal for warm crostini, toast or crackers and served as a luscious starter. Also adds delightful flavour and texture to pasta sauces.
From a series of quality, traditional Sicilian paté at great prices. Check out some of the others too in this category.