La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2014

under 25 blueModern 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?

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Women in Wine Tribute to Laure Colombo #IWD2018

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.

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Viña Real, Barrel Fermented, Rioja, 2015

under 10 mintA 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. 

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

under 25 blueThere 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

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Domaine J. A. Ferret, Pouilly Fuisse 2016 - Review - magical game meat pairing

under 50 blueCompliments 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!

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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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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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