Viña Real, Barrel Fermented, Rioja, 2015

under 10 mintA splendidly good value 100% viura grape variety wine with fuller, rounder texture and a satisfying richness from the fermentation in oak. It still nonetheless maintains its fruit and floral freshness. 

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Chardonnay La Village, Domain de la Métairie d'Alon '16

under 25 blueA soft round texture with mouth coating buttery body. There's a touch of citrus, a slither of honey, vanilla, well balanced with acidity lending structure and leading to a very pleasant tapered finish. 

Lovely with panfried onions, garlic, fennel, sprouts, seasoned with rosemary and salt and pepper, thrown over baked potatoes. Would love to try with pigeon or guinea fowl. 

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White wines from Galicia: Ribeiro, Alborino and Godello

The wild and rocky landscape in Galicia stretches around the north-west corner of Spain, a vast spread lucious green forested river valleys called rias. The towns, hewn out of solid limestone, are for the most part very sleepy, except for during the fiestas when locals swarm into town squares and tapas bars in search of fun, food and beverage.

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In the mood for white Rioja? Try Cune's Contino Blanco 2014

There is really only one answer as to whether you fancy a glass or two from Spain’s most famous wine region: “Bring it on!”

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Smash’n’grab wine tip: Errazuriz Estate Series Chardonnay 2016

under 25 blueThere is no doubt about the quality of winemaking that Errazuriz are rightly known for and this chardonnay is a great smash and grab choice. Pairs brilliantly with hard cheeses such as the Gorge cheddar or the organic Comte AOC that I had here.

errazuriz estate series chardonnay cheese tip

This has all the usual fresh citrus notes on opening but as it breathes becomes rounded and fuller with a delicious caramel flavour and a lovely touch of oak. The only thing that disappointed about this bottle was that I only had one!

This wine would also pair very well with Autumnal dishes such as mushroom risotto or roast partridge. 

£10.45 from Majestic or Asda

Chateau Toutigeac 2016 Bordeaux Blanc

Chateau Toutigeac from Bordeaux offers fabulous easy drinking style often at great value. I chilled the bottle right down in the fridge and then let it adjust to the room temperature when opened. Thus cool snappy and crisp soon opens up to become a compote passion fruit, citrus and a touch of peach. The blend of grapes means a compote of styles that are well balanced, as we might expect from Bordeaux!

Great wine to enjoy on its own or with a bowl of green olives and loud music after work. 

50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle. 12% abv. 75cl.

£7.99

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Dourthe No. 1, Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2015

Bring out the salads, bring out the oysters, the prawns sizzling in olive oil, garlic and parsley. Then bring out a chilled bottle of the elegant and refreshing Dourthe No.1 sauvignon blanc from Bordeaux!

 

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