|Posted by Andrew Chapman on May 11th 1:07pm. |
Andrew's wines for Summer
I joined Wine Utopia in early March and since then it's been a whirlwind of tastings, events and meeting our lovely customers. Oh and building our brand new e-commerce web site!
So, now the dust has settled, I thought it might be fun to make a list of some of my favourite wines - everyone likes a list!
If you have any questions about the wines I've selected here please email email@example.com
Hope you enjoy trying some of the wines. Cheers! Andrew
Château Plessis Pineau de Charentes Blanc, France @ £14.50
Great memories of a family holiday in the Landes region of France as a teenager and managing to get more than my fair share at Dégustation Directe. Now my 'go to' Spring/Summer Apéritif
Sparkling & Champagne
Bisol Jeio Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy @ £13.95
Light, fresh and mouth-filling with hints of lemon and honeysuckle – perfect for when friends drop in.
Vilmart Grand Cellier NV, Champagne, France @ £38.95
When the occasion demands more serious bubbles then none is finer than Vilmart (without breaking the bank!) Rich and lush with balancing piquant acidity.
St Cosme Little James Basket Press White 2012, Rhône Valley, France @ £10.95
'Little James' is named after Gigondas star winemaker Louis Barroul's son and is tasty blend of Viognier, Muscat and Sauvignon ideally suited to Spring imbibing. Try with Thai green curry.
Talmard Mâcon Montbellet 'La Bergerie' 2010, Burgundy, France @ £13.95
Talmard are my 'go to' reasonably priced Burgundy producers - so long as you're happy with me calling Macon Burgundy in generic terms! Super-charged Chardonnay with minerality and richness. Roast chicken Sunday lunch is transformed with a glass of this to accompany it.
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Semillon/ Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Margaret River, Western Australia @ 14.95
I was lucky enough to visit Moss Wood on my last trip down-under and these guys make epic Sauv/Sem with the latter giving the wine a bit of extra breadth and making it more food friendly. Partner with tomato and goats cheese tart for an al fresco lunch.
Neudorf Brightwater Riesling 2010, Nelson, New Zealand @ £18.95
I'm leaving Sauvignon to in-house New Zealand fan Rachel when she does her favourite wines, so I've gone with the divine Brightwater Riesling from Neudorf for my Kiwi pick. Ethereal, elegant and graceful sum up perfectly. I love this with Chinese inspired slow-roast Pork.
Château Fontarèche Rose 2012, Corbières, France @ £9.95
Pale pink Rosé is de rigueur these days. None finer at under £10 than this little stunner from Corbières in Languedoc. Same style as more expensive Provencal types but without the price tag - trade tip for you! Summer picnic's cry out for this wine.
Conviviale Primitivo 2011, Puglia, Italy @ £7.50
The first of four tasty and great value sub £10 reds. This from the heel of Italy where the Primitivo grapes get wonderfully ripe and exude spice and damson flavours. Great little BBQ number!
Solareña Barrel Aged Tempranillo 2011, Cariñena, Spain
Love Rioja but don't want to break the bank? Then give this Tempranillo a go. Smoky, brambly aromas lead to a soft, gentle raspberry core. Lamb steak on the BBQ or roast lamb in the garden.
'M' Grand Malbec 2012, Languedoc, France
For Malbec it all started in France and this Cuvee M is carefully nurtured in the warm vineyards of the south. Rich and dark this impressive wine really delivers bags of flavour that will turn heads at every outing. A good aged Steak is this bad boys preferred sidekick.
Domaine de Chansac Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2012, Languedoc, France
40 year old Vine Carignan vines give this wine depth and concentration that you don't often find in a wine under £10. Not a big blockbuster like the Malbec, but an inspired choice with garlicky lamb.
Boutinot La Côte Sauvage Cairanne 2010, Rhone Valley, France @ £14.95
Cairanne is a near neighbour of more pricey Chateauneuf du Pape. Same grape blend, different location, top winemaking and you get CDP lookalike for well-under £20. Hallmarks are finely grained tannins and finesse aplenty. Keep this one for the cheese course.
G.D Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2010, Piedmont, Italy @ £19.95
Alba in northern Italy is the land of Truffles and Barolo. Barbera is the other grape variety of pedigree thereabouts and Vaja is one of the regions most acclaimed winemakers (he makes pretty good Barolo too!). Spice, damsons, woodsmoke and appealing acidity make this a great choice for the richest of foods. Anything with a north african twist on the BBQ will relate to this.
Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2009, Central Otago, New Zealand @ £21.95
My star red of the season. One of the best New Zealand Pinot Noir's and a wine of been a huge fan of for a number of years. Refined, concentrated, savoury this Pinot has it all. Drink with roast lamb or drink it by itself with your other half when everyone else has gone home! Five stars!
Dandelion Legacy of the Barossa 30 yr old Pedro Ximenez, Australia @ £18.95
Aged for 30 years in the Barossa cellars of Carl Linder this epic sticky wine is at once quintessential Aussie 'sticky' wine and totally unique given it's age and grape variety. A paradox definitely worth exploring. This and dark chocolate pud for afters for me!
Dupont Single Estate Calvados VSOP, France @ £44.95 When dinner is over and it's time for coffee and banter then this apple brandy from Normandy will warm the hearts. Bruised apples, warm spirit and definitely a warm glow when this is your nightcap.