5 Riojas will get us through this chilly period

Can I offer you a protective layer of something mouth-pleasingly delightful to take your mind of this, the tail end of winter?

These wines from Rioja combine the core components of quality: complexity of flavour, value for money and colossal scope for pleasure. 

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Beaujolais Nouveau at Le Garrick in Covent Garden

We dropped in on Covent Garden's no.1 French Brasserie & Restaurant, Le Garrick, to enjoy a few glasses of this fruity vintage.

If you're in the area and want to taste a little bit of France, make your way to Garrick Street and look out for the French flag!

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Sir Nick Faldo's personal wine selection tasting

A quick taste of Secret Sommelier's interview with Nick Faldo - REGISTER via social media to stay up to date with our latest videos.

Faldo's selection includes Chablis, Loire sauvignon, Rioja Alavesa, Valpolicella Ripasso, Chateauneuf du Pape & a Barolo..

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Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir from Chile,2014

 

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Characteristics The Gamay Grape by Guillaume de Castelnau

Winemaker from famed Chateau Des Jacques, in Moulin á Vent, explains how he differentiates wine made from gamay grapes from pinot noir.

Guillaume also gives us 3 characteristics of gamay that we can all meditate over whilst enjoying our next glass.

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Jean-Luc Colombo Pt 2: Food/Wine Matching

“I love Sashimi but I don’t go to try to replace the saki with Cornas Les Ruchets. Maybe a nice rosé, maybe a viognier… not at all the Cornas Ruchets!”

Do reds go with fish? What’s a the perfect Rhone wine to go with guinea fowl? 

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Louis Jadot, Coteaux Bourguignons, Gamay, Pinot Noir 2013

 

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Autumn Wine Tip: Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010

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An Autumnal must-have: Jean-Luc Colombo, La Violette Syrah, 2012

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Watch: Liam O'Dwyer, Travelling Winemaker

Meet Liam O’Dwyer, a young winemaker from Barossa Valley in Australia, traveling through Burgundy soaking up wine and adventure along the way.

We caught up with Liam at Domaine Dublére, located in Savigny La Beaune on the famous Cote D’Or. Here he tells us about his “project” wine: The Chester!

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As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.

 

 

Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!

 

Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.

 

Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.

 

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

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