Chateau de Cérons Graves Dry White AOC 2015 - Review

under 25 blueFabulous summer fine wine combining ripe exotic fruit and a touch of fresh lemon. This is a blend of 50% Sémillon, 45% sauvignon blanc and 5 Sauvignon Gris. The freshness of the Sauvignon melds very stylishly with the Sémillon. 

A wine for sipping and enjoying, or serving up with a plate of shellfish or maybe grilled aubergine salad. 

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La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2014

under 25 blueModern style chardonnay with elegant pineapple, a touch of toffee aromas and a fine balance of freshness and roundness in the mouth. A very pleasant texture and concentration of the flavours that coat the mouth and leave the mind craving the next sip… so why not?

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Domaine J. A. Ferret, Pouilly Fuisse 2016 - Review - magical game meat pairing

under 50 blueCompliments 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!

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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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Women in Wine Tribute to Laure Colombo #IWD2018

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.

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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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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

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Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces. 

 

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.

 

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