Having been tasting the wines of Jean-Luc Colombo for many years, it is has been an additional pleasure to interview the current Colombo winemaker-in-chief, Laure Colombo. Laure is a fantastic ambassador for the Colombo name, talking sincerely and self-assuredly about her inspirations and objectives in making her wines.
Compliments to Audrey Braccini - Winemaker at Domaine Ferret - for producing such a delicious wine, that pairs easily with a wide range of dishes. Set in the historic Maconnais region of Burgundy, this open, fruity, slightly buttery, yet still fresh wine is ready to drink!
A 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.
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.
A 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.
There 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.
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 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.
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