White wines from Galicia: Ribeiro DO, Albarino 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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Chateau Toutigeac 2016 Bordeaux Blanc Review

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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Dourthe No. 1, Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2015

Bring out the salads, bring out the oysters, the prawns sizzling in olive oil, garlic and parsley. Then bring out a chilled bottle of the elegant and refreshing Dourthe No.1 sauvignon blanc from Bordeaux!

 

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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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In the mood for white Rioja? Try Cune's Contino Blanco 2014

There is really only one answer as to whether you fancy a glass or two from Spain’s most famous wine region: “Bring it on!”

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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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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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