I probably should have been out raking leaves or something, but I spent this past weekend with four old friends: John, Paul, George and Ringo. Yes folks, I was one of the foolish who bought The Beatles’ new boxed CD set — in mono no less.

As a big fan I just couldn’t resist giving the Fab Two (and the family members of the other guys) more of my hard earned money. And while I may not be a professional music critic, the new discs sound pretty darn amazing.

To enhance the experience of rediscovering each album, I needed a wine that begged to be sipped and savoured. Masi’s 2006 Campofiorin ($17.45 - $19.99) was a perfect match for a few reasons.

While the red Italian from Veneto shows off lots of fruit (think plum and raisin) that tastes terrific without food; it’s sort of a remastered version of Masi’s Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico ($15.45 - $16.99). A wine that’s 2007 vintage is as light and cherry-filled as ever.

As a ripasso wine Campofiorin’s flavour profile comes from its juice being passed over the guck left in the vats after the Valpolicella’s fermentation. It comes out richer and rounder — just like my new CDs.

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– Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and travelling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.

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