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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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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Fontanasanta, Manzoni Bianco, Academy Club, Soho

When London’s only “art monger” invited me to lunch at the Academy Club, I could have been forgiven for expecting to be handed a painted mackerel. Instead, I am pleased to report, the experience was a memorable afternoon balancing gastronomy and a good old fashioned gossip.

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Picpoul de Pinet Les Girelles 2013 - Jean-Luc Colombo

Picpoul is rapidly becoming one of the most popular selections on UK wine lists. When this trend takes place, as it did with the likes of pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc, our drinking senses must be honed and up to the challenge of spotting the rotters! 

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The 2013 Les Girelles Picpoul de Pinet, made by Jean-Luc Colombo falls into the category of "very good drop". Served chilled it has a refreshing stoniness that is a real joy. It goes brilliantly with anchovy fillets in olive oil, with mixed plates of tapas style vegetables. Light scented floral aromas give way to rapier acidity hints of apple and pear. Drink on a hot day or, as Autumn approaches, with a large spread of oysters in front of you. 

Great Value: Picpoul de Pinet, Les Girelles 2013

£9.99

Stockists: Oddbins, Lay & Wheeler, Field and Fawcett, The Halifax Wine Company, The Leamington Wine Company, Dunedin Wines, Fountainhall Wines, Famous Wines, Bacchus Wines, Islington Wine

By Nick Breeze
Twitter: @NickGBreeze

 

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