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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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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Madlys, Château Sainte-Marie, 2016

under 25 blue65% white sauvignon, 25% gris sauvignon, 10% semillon

A different style for this region. A very outstanding terroir of clay and limestone. The name of the parcel is La Roche. Very expressive, much more mineral.

Much more textured, capable of ageing. 1/3 in acacia barrel which has less impact on the fruit.

Madlys is delicate, round, approachable. Even this young vintage is showing signs of complexity that will develop over the years. Stéphane is more than willing to experiment with his soils and winemaking techniques. He is interested in finesse and elegance in the wines.

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Main article and discussion with Stephane Dupuch of Chateau Sainte-Marie: (Re)Defining the Entre-Deux-Mers: Interview and tasting with Stephane Dupuch

Tasting notes for the following wines can be found here:

Château Sainte-Marie, Vielles Vignes blanc - Madlys, Château Sainte-Marie, 2016 - Château-Sainte-Marie, Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016 - Chateau Sainte-Marie 'Alios', Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2015

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Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay, 2015 Review

Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay

under 25 blueEdna Valley Chardonnay from California - this is a modern style of wine that I could drink all day. A full golden colour, round open and ripe aromas of fig and pineapple. Long lingering layers of flavour that sit on the palate, easing gently between sips.

Cooler climate for California keeping the overall feel fresh, perfect for British summer droughts (like the one we are in now!).

Edna Valley Chardonnay is fermented in oak and aged on the lees (dead yeast cells) for 6 months. This adds the adorable structure and complexity of flavour that gives this wine its class.

Pair this with a range of foods from goose pate, to roast chicken, grilled vegetables, meatier fish, or, simply enjoy on its own.

Available from Majestic for £9.99 when bought as part of a case of 6.

 

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National Curry Week: What wine goes with curry?

As it national curry week, we naturally thought we would indulge in a little wine and spice pairing. It’s not an easy task and some wines that are more delicate or subtle can be totally blown away by the power of individual or numerous spices that we adore when eating curry.

Proper Parsi Dhansak

The first curry we sampled was a nearly-ready-made ‘Proper Parsi Dhansak’ sauce from The Spice tailor (easily available in high street supermarkets). The packet suggest chicken for the recipe but I actually love vegetable curry so used cauliflower instead. The preparation was as one would expect, exceptionally easy. Simple prepare the veg and add the ingredients

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Château Sainte-Marie - Vielles Vignes blanc Review

under 10 pounds wineChâteau Sainte-Marie - Vielles Vignes blanc - 2017 alc. 12.5%

70% Sauvignon Gris and blanc, 25% semillon, 5% muscadet

Gris is more exotic and gives a slight pinkness of the first press. Selection of old vines on the estate, average age 22yrs. Clay and a little sand with limestone subsoil. 100% in tank - no oak to keep freshness.

Fresh and crispy. Perfect wine for enjoying with friends. Not complicated but refreshing, exotic/passion fruit, satisfying texture. Excellent everyday drinking wine. Great value too.

 

Available in the UK from: Great Western wine 

Main article and discussion with Stephane Dupuch of Chateau Sainte-Marie: (Re)Defining the Entre-Deux-Mers: Interview and tasting with Stephane Dupuch

Tasting notes for the following wines can be found here:

Château Sainte-Marie, Vielles Vignes blanc - Madlys, Château Sainte-Marie, 2016 - Château-Sainte-Marie, Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016 - Chateau Sainte-Marie 'Alios', Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2015

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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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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":

 

Winemaker and owner Nicola D’Auria greeted us at the entrance of this fascinating cantina. The winery and cellars have been designed by Rocco valentini in the shape of a vertical barrel in order to immerse the tasters senses in wine.

 

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