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

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.

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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Tasting Avincis Cramposie Selectionata from Romania

Romanian wine is becoming more widespread across the UK as drinkers discover great grape varieties, like pinot noir, delivering excellent quality and value combined. here we catch up with merchant, Daniel Illsley from The Wine Theatre, as he profiles a lesser know variety.

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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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Laure Colombo: La Belle De Mai 2012, Saint Peray

Laure Colombo is the daughter of esteemed Cornas / Rhone producer, Jean-Luc Colombo. As the head winemaker, Laure has a strong connection with the terroir that she is working with. 

This is film is a great intro to both Laure & La Belle De Mai 2012, named as a tribute to her Grandmother who from her restaurant in Marseille, handed down her love of fine food & wine.

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Basque country wine gets serious: Txakoli

Txakoli has long been the secret of the Basque Country. A wine that is often a little a course but perfectly suited to the seafood pintxos being served up all over the region. In recent years, Txakoli has found itself making its way to the UK in smart bottles and with much more attention being paid to what is in the glass.

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