An Italian Red Good with Casseroled Sausages

We had a Tuesday night in, which is a break from our usual routine, but we needed a quickly-prepared meal.   We poured a jar of Marks & Spencer Rich Ale & Thyme Cooking sauce over some Lincolnshire sausages and casseroled them.  The sage in the sausages can clash with tannins in some reds but I read that Chianti goes well.  However, we went for Monte Nobile Riserva Squinzano 2005, a Puglian red from Tesco.  There was a sweetness in the dish that went with the fruitiness in the wine.  There was also a lovely savoury aftertaste in the sausage casserole that enhanced the black pepper, vanilla and chocolate flavours in the wine.

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