Edna 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.
Fabulous 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.
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.
A 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.
Modern 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?
Compliments 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!
A 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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