Four gastronomic producers from Chablis, Alsace & both ends of the Loire

The Autumnal months are undoubtedly one of the best times of year for quality white wines to show-off their versatility in being paired with a wide range of dishes. SCOTTIE GREGORY delves into the Vignerognes and Vignobles tasting in London to highlight her top picks.

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Delectable Autumnal White Wine List

As the Autumn reaches over us in the Northern hemisphere, our tastes also a-tune themselves to change. There is a stereotypical meme that everybody gives up white and rosé wines, preferring the tannic, darker fruit and woody flavours of various red wines. Balanced pleasure is always a good thing and here are ten white wines to enjoy as we button-up and move into the colder months.

The thread that links these wines together is the acidity that acts as a canvas, up on which the vintage, vineyard site and winemaker can establish the identity for each wine.

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Summer pink and white wine list in £7 - £20 range

With rising temperatures and holidays on all our minds, here is a short-list of summer wines that won’t let you down. Selected for quality, price and occasion; I have enjoyed tasting them all and will be tasting as many of them as I can again over the next few weeks!

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Dry Hungarian Furmint; The other taste of Tokaji!

Furmint is to Tokaj what Riesling is to Germany, or Chardonnay is to Burgundy, but strangely it has the ability to move with great agility between differing styles, exuding a range of characteristics that are unique and very enjoyable. 

Master of Wine, Caroline Gilby, was spot on when talked about the versatility of Furmint, at a recent tasting in central London. The sweet Tokaji wines are well documented as the ‘Wine of Kings’, but many people I know are not so well acquainted with the Hungarian dry whites made using Furmint. This should surely change.

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Demolished preconceptions of English wine

The annual WineGB (English and Welsh) tasting in London was bursting at the seams with new producers keen to share the liquid fruits of their labour. Taster, SCOTTIE GREGORY, highlights two producers with stars in their eyes.

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Bordeaux blanc: insights into a growing thirst for quality

Tasting and talking about modern Bordeaux in respect of white wines, with wine consultant Mathieu Huguet.

In terms of quantity, dry white wine production in Bordeaux may only be 9% of production but on my last recent visit, these (mostly) Sauvignon dominated blends made a much bigger percentile impact on my impression of Bordeaux.

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Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017, New Zealand Review

Classic Sauvignon Blanc from respected Kiwi producer, Whitehaven. A pleasing burst of gooseberry & guava fruits, make this the perfect sit-down-and-chill wine. No complications, this wine is ready to be enjoyed young.

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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. 

 

It’s been a hot couple of weeks here trekking around northern Catalonia. From the homeland and backdrop to surrealist Salvador Dali’s world to dramatic remnants of the volcano park an hour away, this place is a land of rough-hewn vistas and rustic hospitality.

 

Carluccio's deli and restaurants are a high-street staple, where great flavours in food blend easily with quality wines on the list. Following the death of the charismatic founder, Antonio Carluccio, his spirit lives on in style and philosophy. Nick Breeze talks to Head of International Operations (especially where wine is concerned!), Mike Stocks about wine-list tips, food matching and the great man of "mof mof":

 

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